Your new crown restores the full function and appearance of a tooth that was fractured, damaged or suffered from severe tooth decay. Even though your new crown is made from materials that are not subject to tooth decay, it will still need to be included in your daily oral hygiene routine.
Bacteria, food particles, residual sugar in the mouth develop into a film of plaque. If it isn’t cleaned on a regular basis, this plaque will harden into tartar at the gum line. This greatly increases the risk of developing gum disease.
Advanced gum disease can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth. This opens up small pockets of infection deep in the gums near the roots of the abutment. Bacterial presence in this area can also weaken the cement holding your crown in place. Over 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 plaque and food particles before they can harden into tartar. At your regular dental checkup is they will clean and polish your teeth and the crown to remove any lingering tarter and monitor the health of your gums.
If you have questions about caring for your crown, please feel free to call us at 530.273.4442 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain your new crown!