Dental crowns are versatile and reliable restorations that repair damaged teeth, replace missing teeth, and cover aesthetic imperfections. One of the biggest benefits of dental crowns is that they are durable and can last for several years, or even decades, if you properly care for them.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a tooth. If you have a cracked, discolored, decayed, or minorly misaligned tooth, a crown may be a restorative solution for you. Crowns can also be used for dental implants or to secure a dental bridge.
Crowns can be made of ceramic, zirconia, porcelain, resin, stainless steel, or gold. Your dentist can help you determine which material may be best for your smile, including which may be the most durable.
Tips for Dental Crown Care
The key to making your new crowns last is to prevent dental issues from occurring and maintaining excellent oral hygiene.
#1 Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods
Eating hard or sticky foods can damage your natural teeth, and they can damage your new crown as well. Chewing or biting ice or hard candies can break or chip your crown, meaning you’ll have to replace it sooner than you usually would. Chewy or sticky foods can also weaken or loosen the crown, and the food particles can get stuck under the crown and lead to dental decay if it’s not cleaned and replaced.
#2 Brush and Floss Every Day
Brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining the health of your smile, even when you have dental crowns. Your crown may be artificial, but your natural tooth remains under the crown. Practicing excellent oral hygiene will ensure your natural tooth and your crown stay healthy and strong.
#3 Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
You should never use your teeth to open bottles, tear open packages, or crunch ice. Doing so can damage your natural teeth and your crown, requiring replacement.
#4 See Your Dentist Regularly
The best way to maintain the health, strength, and appearance of your crown is to visit your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings. Your dentist will be able to monitor your oral health, check on your teeth and your crown, and clean your entire smile, so it remains cavity-free and functional.
Contact our Topeka, KS dental office today to schedule your dental cleaning and exam or dental crown consultation.
We look forward to restoring your smile!