Your new crown effectively restores the appearance and function of a fractured, damaged or severely decayed tooth. While the materials your new crown is made from cannot decay like natural enamel, the crown will still need to play a role in your oral hygiene routine.
Food particles, residual sugar and bacteria in your mouth can quickly buildup into a film of plaque. If you don’t clean plaque away in a timely manner, it will harden into tartar at the gum line. This promotes infection and inflammation in the gums known as gum disease.
The advanced form of gum disease, known as periodontitis causes the gum tissues to recede from the base of your teeth. This allows small pockets of infection to form and bacteria direct access to the seam that cements your new crown to the abutment. In time it can even result in a loss of bone material in your jaw.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing and flossing your teeth twice each day to remove food particles and plaque and prevent the formation of tartar formation. Your twice annual dental checkup is also critical for maintaining gum health and polishing surface stains so that your crown continues to match the enamel of the surrounding teeth.
If you have questions about caring for your crown, please feel free to call us at 415-800-7594 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain your new crown!