How to Care for Your Dental Crowns

how to care for your dental crownsDo you have any dental crowns? Al Berger, DDS near Bayport, NY offers our patients dental crowns as a solution to many different dental issues, and they are a fantastic long-term remedy to things like overly large cavities, root canals, dental implants and even replacing old fillings. Dental crowns are also used when a tooth has been heavily damaged. Though they are incredible durable, and capable of functioning like a natural tooth, you do want to provide proper care for your dental crowns.

As your dentist near Bayport, Dr. Berger may have already discussed issues like proper oral hygiene. This is your frontline defense for a multitude of potential oral health issues. After all, a regular checkup once or twice each year ensures that cavities or gum disease are stopped in their tracks and that any signs of unusual wear or even oral cancer are uncovered quickly. However, if you have dental crowns, then a regular checkup is one part of their care.

The best care for your dental crowns is almost identical to the best care for your natural teeth. You need to have them properly cleaned regularly, and you need to take care of them each day with brushing and flossing. Though they are impervious to decay, they still touch your natural teeth, meaning that debris and bacteria can become trapped in between and cause the enamel to break down and create a cavity in the natural tooth.

The same can be said of gum disease, and dental crowns do not stop the gum tissue beneath the crown area from succumbing to such a problem.

One thing that we also recommend when considering proper care for your dental crowns are “lifestyle” issues that can cause dental problems. Smoking, as a prime example, stains the natural teeth but also presents risks to your overall oral and general health. Eliminating this lifestyle habit is a good way to improve the care of crowns.

Avoid grinding the teeth or chewing on non-edible, but hard, items like pencils or ice cubes is also a wise idea. Are you someone who open things with their teeth? If so, this too is not a good idea when caring for teeth and crowns.

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If you have additional questions about care for your dental crowns, or you have questions about other treatments mentioned, give us a call at our office near Bayport, NY at 631-589-2600. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

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