Dental crowns have come a long way in terms of durability and appearance. While past crowns were made of metal alloy, today’s models are crafted from beautiful porcelain. Not only does this material boost the appearance of a crown, but it also makes them less vulnerable to breakage and cracking. Porcelain crowns are stain-resistant and decay-resistant, but this doesn’t mean they are invincible.
Just like your natural teeth, your dental crown needs to be properly cared for if you want it to stay in top condition. This can protect your restorative dentistry investment and extend the life of your dental crown.
Stay Diligent with Oral Hygiene
While it is true that your actual dental crown can’t get a cavity, that doesn’t mean that decay can’t get underneath your crown and impact the health of your underlying tooth. It is very important that you brush and floss daily, with special attention to your crown margins, or the area where the crown meets your natural tooth and gum line.
Stop Bad Habits
Do you grind your teeth? Chew pencils? Bite your nails? These can wreak havoc on the condition of your dental crowns. To protect your crown from damage, kick your bad dental habits or ask your dentist about a custom mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night.
See Your Dentist Regularly
Don’t wait until your crown is severely damaged or fallen off to see a dentist. To ensure you catch crown issues at their earliest, most treatable stage, maintain your regular dental visits – which should be at least twice a year! These appointments are typically covered by your dental insurance plan and can be a major tool for protecting the lifespan of your crown.
Call Crabapple Dental today to learn more about protecting your dental crown or other dental restoration.