Dental crowns come in many types. There’s metal and stainless steel, as well as all resin and full porcelain crowns. While all of these crowns are designed for durability, let’s not test their limits. Taking care of a crown is important if you want them to stay in great shape for years. A crown may not be totally impervious to damage, but you can always take dental preventive care measures to keep them in great condition. Top Newington dentists, Dr.’s Theodore Adamidis and Aurora Dibner, discuss dental crown preventive care steps, to keep your crowns stable, functional and natural-looking for as long as possible.
Prevent Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
Dental crowns do a great job in providing functionality and aesthetics that most people tend to forget that they had them. They fore-go regular brushing and keeping their teeth clean. While a crown can withstand decay, the underlying tooth cannot. If a crown-bonded tooth acquires decay the tooth will break down eventually and the dental crown will fall off or even break. It is of utmost importance to keep the teeth clean and healthy. Brush 3 times a day and floss before bedtime. Take regular deep cleaning treatments too. Make an effort to keep your teeth and gums clean and your dental crowns will last for many years.
Avoid Placing your Crowns under Extreme Pressure
A crown under highly stressful conditions will wear and tear easily. Here are the top 4 don’ts when it comes to maintaining your dental crowns:
- Do not bite your fingernails.
- Do not use your teeth as a manipulative device or opening tool.
- Do not bite or chew ice left in your beverage.
- Do not eat foods that will require you to exert greater biting pressure (e.g. candy apples, nuts)
Consider Using a Mouth Guard for Protection
While you can control some factors that place unnatural stress on your crowns, there are certain things that may be hard to avoid. Bruxism (teeth grinding) is one unconscious habit that places your crowns under extreme pressure. When done repeatedly, bruxism can be greatly responsible in breaking your dental crowns. For crown protection, consider using a mouth guard. It is worn over the teeth, serving as a shield against potential damage. A mouth guard can also be used by people who frequently engage in contact sports and physical activities such as soccer, basketball, hockey, ice skating, gymnastics, etc. If you want your crowns protected, use a custom fitted mouth guard.
Visit your Dentist Regularly
Just like a child who needs to see a doctor for vaccines, your dental crowns also need to see a dentist periodically. The dentist will need to check on your crowns, the underlying teeth and your gums. He/she will examine your mouth for signs of decay, gum disease and potential problems. Visiting a dentist regularly keeps problems at bay; thus, increasing your crown’s lifespan. The typical lifespan of a crown ranges from 10 to 30 years. Let’s achieve the 30 by following the helpful tips listed above. Keep your dental crowns in great shape for a lifetime of healthy and beautiful smiles.
For fast, quality CEREC® crowns in Newington, CT, trust Dr.’s Adamidis and Dibner to do a spectacular job. They are great at what they do – providing excellent dental care in the Newington, CT community. Call (860) 666-7910(860) 666-7910 to schedule an appointment. Make an appointment online.
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