If you recently had a tooth crown placed, it’s important to know how to protect your investment. With proper care, crowns can last a long time – even upwards of 20 years. Today, Dr. Richard Rodgers and our Atlanta dental team share six tips for taking care of your new tooth crown.
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This should come as no surprise, but it’s just as important to brush your crowns as it is to brush your teeth. While tooth crowns are made of ceramic (and therefore impervious to cavities), the underlying structure can still become damaged or decayed. To prevent this, brush your teeth twice a day with non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Patients should also clean between the teeth at least once a day using floss, dental picks, or interproximal brushes.
At-home oral hygiene is necessary, but it can’t accomplish everything. Oral bacteria accumulate every few months. As a result, plaque and tartar build up over time. These deposits cannot be removed with brushing and flossing alone. That’s why routine dental visits are essential. During these checkups at our Atlanta, GA practice, your dentist will assess the health of your teeth, gums, and restorations (such as tooth crowns), and your hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth surfaces.
Dental crowns are durable, but they’re not invincible. Harmful habits like chewing on your fingernails or biting extra crunchy foods can damage them. To reduce the risk of damage to your tooth crowns (and your natural teeth), be mindful of the foods you eat and avoid using your teeth as tools. For instance, you should never use them to tear clothing tags off or open bottles.
Dr. Rodgers may recommend a night guard to help protect your dental crowns – especially if you suffer from bruxism (severe teeth grinding or clenching). This appliance helps keep the teeth slightly apart and cushions them to prevent enamel erosion. It also protects restorations from excessive pressure and keeps dental ceramic from chipping or breaking.
Anyone who plays contact sports should wear a protective mouth guard any time they are on the court or field. Up to 38 percent of all dental emergencies are due to sports-related injuries. Wearing a mouth guard helps protect your tooth crowns and natural teeth from blunt force trauma.
It may come as a shock, but just because something is sold over-the-counter doesn’t necessarily make it safe. Some products are too harsh and abrasive for dental ceramic, and can consequently scratch your tooth crowns. When shopping for toothpaste, choose a formula without abrasive ingredients like baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Select a gel toothpaste that contains fluoride. This can help keep your natural tooth structure strong so your restorations have adequate support. A good rule of thumb? Look for products with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This indicates that the product has been tested to the highest standards.
Want to know more about dental crown maintenance? Schedule a visit with Dr. Rodgers at out Atlanta, GA practice. Give us a call at 404-577-6620 or contact us online anytime.