Caring for Dental Crowns Properly Prolongs Their Lives
Posted on 10/5/2020 by Elmwood Dental Group
When it comes to the lifespan of your new dental crowns, they can last indefinitely. While we prefer that they last a lifetime, your individual case might differ, and they may only last a few years. This depends on whether there is any damage to them over time and on your oral hygiene regimen. To avoid returning to our office for a new crown, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you prolong their lifetime.
Maintenance for Dental Crowns
After getting your dental crowns placed, we will give you instructions on how to best care for them. We will also warn you of any possible complications you may experience, varying on your specific case. However, there are a few basics that every person should follow when they care for their dental crowns. Brushing and flossing are just as mandatory for your dental crowns as they are for your natural teeth. While the tooth might be a replacement, it still requires care and attention when cleaning it. Bacteria and debris can still penetrate under the crown and infect the tooth that is left underneath. Brush your teeth thoroughly and floss between your crowns daily to ensure they stay in optimal health.
While dental crowns are durable, they are not always as durable as your normal teeth. This is due to them being hollow on the inside, to fit over the underlying tooth. You should avoid biting anything too hard, otherwise, you may crack or break your crown completely. If this happens, you will have to contact our staff immediately to get it fixed. You should also avoid foods that stain your teeth since you cannot whiten your crowns like you can with your natural teeth. If any damage or discoloration occurs, give us a call today so we can have a new crown fitted for you.
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