Dental crowns and bridges can completely transform a smile and allow the folks who wear them the ability to chew food and speak much better in certain cases. Though crowns and bridges are quite sturdy and do last a long time, they can experience wear and tear just like regular teeth and it’s up to us to make sure they last as long as possible!
Just like a car that we use everyday, it is important to monitor and maintain your dental crown to reduce the chance of it falling out, or worse, damaging or breaking it beyond repair.
What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is an artificial cap that is placed over compromised or damaged natural teeth as well as dental implants to improve or replace the look of the tooth in that spot. The best thing about a dental crown is that it works just as well as a natural tooth and allows you to chew and speak with ease.
There are a few options that you can choose from in terms of materials for the crown. Composite is a little sturdier so it is typically used for back molars whereas the natural porcelain appearance is perfect for front teeth.
2 Ways to Prolong the life of your Crown
Keep up Good Oral Habits
Just being conscious of your everyday habits can contribute to the longevity of your dental crown! Make sure to prevent yourself from clenching or grinding your teeth as this may wear down or crack both the crown as well as your natural teeth. If you find that you are grinding your teeth at night, a dental night guard can prevent you from doing this unknowingly and protect your teeth.
Don’t chew on forgein objects like pens, ice or other hard material objects as this can also potentially damage your crown. Once the crown is damaged it may not be able to be repaired and compromised crowns are more prone to breakage overtime. Or you may need to replace the crown altogether.
Routine Dental Check Ups with your Etobicoke Dentist
Don’t forget about your 3 to 6 month cleaning and dental check up! These appointments are crucial to the care of your crown or bridge. This is because not only will your dentist be able to identify any issues with your crown and correct them before they get worse, but the scaling procedure will remove any lingering bacteria and plaque build up.
Did you know that without routine cleanings and an everyday oral care routine, bacteria may actually find its way beneath the crown and cause decay or infection from the inside? This can cause your crown to fall off and the underlying tooth or implant to become infected, so it’s best to make sure you are keeping the crown and surrounding tissue clean!
The overall usefulness of a crown not only helps to restore the beauty and strength of your teeth, but it also allows you to avoid costly emergency dental work in the future!
Interested to see how you can benefit from having a dental crown? Our team would be more than happy to meet with you to discuss your options for treatment and financing! Call us at (416) 651-5151 to reserve your free consultation.