Proper Care for a Dental Crown

CrownOnce you have a crown on tooth procedure performed, you will likely be wondering how to care for this tooth.  A crown on the tooth, also known as a dental cap, serve the purpose of covering a tooth to make it function and appear like a normal tooth.

Crowns are also an important tool for teeth strengthening, protection and improving cosmetic appearance.  It is clear the crown on tooth procedure is vitally important to the functionality of your teeth as well as their appearance.

Tips to care for your tooth crown

Here is a look at how to care for your crown so it serves you well for years to come.

Your Crown is Vulnerable to Decay

Crowns might seem unbreakable, when in fact, they are certainly fallible.  Your crown can decay just like your teeth.  Thus, it is crucial to brush and floss at least two times per day.  Do not lose sight of the fact that crowns bond right over the natural teeth that are still susceptible to decay.

If your teeth are not healthy, bacteria will eventually settle on their surfaces.  Take good care of your teeth and gums with daily brushing/flossing and you will have a strong foundation for your crowns.

Ask Questions of Your Dentist

Select a dentist who has experience with a crown on tooth procedures.  If your dentist has the proper skills, he or she will ensure the proper placement of the crown.  Choose the right dentist and your crown will stand that much better a chance of lasting. If you ever have any crown maintenance questions, do not hesitate to reach out to your dentist for assistance.

Visit the Dentist Every 6 Months

Regular dental checkups are essential for the care of your crowns, teeth and gums.  The dentist will take a close look at your crowns to determine if they have been damaged or decayed.  Furthermore, the dentist will analyze your teeth and gums to gauge their integrity.

Be Proactive to Protect Your Crowns

You have the power to take advantage of preventive care options.  As an example, if you clench or bite your teeth when sleeping, it will pose a threat to your crown unless you wear a mouthguard for protection.  This device will protect your crown as well as your teeth.

In fact, your dentist can customize a mouth guard for your specific teeth.  This is the customized protection your crowns and teeth need to stay in optimal shape as time progresses.

Never Use Teeth to Open Things

If you attempt to open items with your teeth, your crowns will be put in harm’s way.  Refrain from using your teeth in such a fashion and you won’t have to worry about damage to your crown.

Furthermore, it will also help to stop biting your fingernails, pen caps, pencils, ice and other hard objects.  Biting such things has the potential to damage your crown or at least cause it to endure wear and tear faster than it should.

Call us at (210) 822-8500 for more information from Preferred Dental Center or to schedule an appointment in our dentist office in San Antonio.

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