Your crown effectively replaces the enamel of a tooth that has suffered a severe amount of damage or decay. Popular crown materials like gold, base metals and porcelain are not subject to tooth decay. However, your crown will still require emphasis in your daily oral hygiene routine.
Food particles and bacteria in your mouth can develop into a film of plaque. Plaque that is not removed will harden into tartar. Tartar at the gum line is the primary cause of gum disease. Advanced gum disease, can cause your gums to pull back from the tooth creating pockets where bacterial infection can linger. It can also expose the edge of the crown to bacterial invasion which can cause the cement to fail. The infection can even cause a loss of material in the bones that anchor your crown’s abutment to your jaw.
Brushing each day with abrasive toothpaste will help remove plaque and food particles before they can develop into tartar. Flossing along the gum line will help keep gums healthy.
Staining can also cause porcelain crowns no longer match your smile. The enamel of your natural teeth stains deeper than porcelain. So try to curb tobacco use and staining foods and beverages.
Visiting your dentist twice a year for your routine cleaning and checkup will help maintain gum health and polish away surface staining before it can progress to the point where it causes matching issues.
If you have questions about caring for your crown please feel free to call us at 952-841-0122 to schedule an appointment.