Dental crowns are also referred to as dental caps and are used to restore the shape, size and proper functioning of your teeth. They can be described as dental sleeves that are worn over decayed or chipped teeth to give them a desirable look while ensuring an even bite. Any damage on your tooth can have an impact on the remaining healthy teeth as they are forced to work extra hard to compensate for the incapable tooth. However, a dental crown ensures balance by making the damaged tooth be able to function closely as good as your healthy and natural teeth. Crowns also prevent any additional damage to an already weak tooth.
At Better Dentistry, we don’t just focus on the treatment itself but also make it our business that patients are educated on how to carry on with their lives thereafter. Successfully tooth crown treatment relies on how you care for your crowns after having them placed. In this article we discuss some of the things that you can do to ensure that your crowns last a long time.
Caring for Dental Crowns
Once you have your permanent crowns fitted, you can proceed to treat them like your natural teeth. Poor oral hygiene cannot be tolerated and thus you need to continue to brush twice every day with a fluoride or recommended toothpaste. Flossing and rinsing are also important and should be done every day. Our dentists in Raleigh and Durham will teach you how to floss properly to prevent plaque build up on your dental work. You need to understand that the edge where the crown meets the anchoring tooth can be a potential hiding spot for germs and bacteria that could lead to cavity or even gum disease.
Our dentist in Durham always emphasizes on the need of keeping up with your dental appointments, even if you do not have crowns. Your dentist will e able to examine the state of your mouth and ensure that there are no risks to your health. During the visit, the doctor will also to check to see if the crown is still in place or needs to be adjusted. The tooth underneath may also be checked for any signs of plaque or decay. You will also get a professional cleaning experience to get rid of any plaque that regular brushing and flossing was not able to deal with.
A mouth night guard is designed to look like a retainer and helps to make sure that your lower and upper teeth do not come into contact. This is especially helpful for people with a habit of grinding their teeth during sleep. By reducing constant and unnecessary friction between the upper and lower jaw, you minimize wearing out of your crown. You however need to be careful with guard as you put it on and take it off, so that you don’t pop loosen the crown or make it fall off.
Habits and behaviors like chewing nails, ice or opening bottles with your teeth should be avoided at all costs. These habits are not only a risk for your natural teeth, but can also make your crowns susceptible to breakage. And once your crown breaks you will have to incur an additional cost of having a new crown fitted.
Dental crowns are expected to last for over 10 years depending on the material used and the care given. Other things you can do to ensure that they last longer include staying away from chewy food such as chewing gum and hard candies. Sugary foods should also be taken in moderation to prevent decay, especially beneath the crown where you are most vulnerable. dentists also warn that you may experience a bit of sensitivity after getting crowns because the tooth beneath was slightly filed down to accommodate the crown. To adjust to this new sensation, you may want to go a little slow on very hot or very cold foods.
To contact us at our Durham clinic, call 919-386-6900 or visit us at 4301 Ben Franklin Blvd Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.