Dental crowns are a versatile treatment that can address a variety of issues. We use them to fix damaged teeth, strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy, and to improve a tooth’s appearance. In this blog post, we give tips on how to care for your dental crown!
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a cap made of a special dental ceramic that fits snugly over a tooth. It can treat both restorative and cosmetic issues.
First, we’ll prepare the affected tooth and take impressions. These will allow your custom crown to be created. Once the crown is completed, we’ll bond it securely over your natural tooth. To ensure your satisfaction, we’ll make sure that your crown feels comfortable in your mouth and that it blends in seamlessly with your other teeth.
Caring for a dental crown
Brush twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss every day. While the crown itself can’t decay, the natural tooth beneath it can, so good oral hygiene matters. Daily oral hygiene is also critical to prevent gum disease and bad breath.
While dental crowns are very durable, they can crack or wear down just like natural teeth. Avoid chewing on ice, pencils, pens, and hard candy. Do not open packaging or bottles with your teeth. Additionally, avoid tobacco products, which increase your risk of infection and oral cancer.
Maintaining good oral health habits at home and visiting our office at least twice a year ensures a long lifespan for your crown (as well as your natural teeth). When cared for properly, dental crowns can last over 15 years!