Dental crowns are a versatile treatment that preserve and protect your natural tooth while restoring its function and appearance. With proper care, your dental crown can last for many years. Our team at Atlantic Dental Partners has some tips on how to protect your crown and extend its life.
1. A Good Oral Hygiene Routine is Key
Dental crowns fit over your natural tooth like a protective cap. To keep bacteria and plaque from attacking the crown and the tooth underneath it, practice a good oral hygiene routine. You should brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and floss once each day. Maintaining the health of the underlying natural tooth and gums can keep your crown from coming loose or falling out.
2. Beware of Stains
Just like your natural teeth, dental crowns are susceptible to stains. While professional teeth whitening can remove stains from natural teeth, it is more difficult to remove stains from dental crowns. To reduce your risk of staining your crown, drink coffee, black tea, and wine in moderation. And if you do drink one of the aforementioned beverages, follow it with a glass of water to help wash away the staining liquid.
3. Pay Attention to How Your Crown Fits
Your dental crown should fit comfortably at all times. If you feel like your dental crown isn’t the same height as your other teeth or it is otherwise uncomfortable, let our team know immediately. If we know about the problem, we can refit the crown. However, if you try to live with it, it can cause complications like jaw pain.
4. Protect Your Crown
Dental crowns are made of durable material, but they’re not invincible. Protect your crown and your natural teeth by avoiding chewing on hard substances that could break your crown or crack a natural tooth. If you grind your teeth at night, wear a protective retainer to avoid damaging your crown.
5. Don’t Be A Stranger
One final way to protect your crown is to keep up with regular appointments to our office. We recommend that most of our patients see us every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. This allows our team to keep an eye on your oral health and ensure that your dental crown is still functioning properly. To ask our team any questions about dental crowns or to schedule your next visit, call us or enter your contact information on this click through link!