A crown effectively replaces the enamel layer of a tooth that suffered advance decay, lost a filling or was otherwise damaged. While your crown is made from materials that are not vulnerable to tooth decay, it will still need to be included in your daily oral hygiene regimen.
Residual food particles and bacteria in your mouth quickly develops into a film of plaque. If these things are not cleaned away, they will harden into tartar at the gum line. This greatly increases the risk of developing gum disease.
Advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis, can cause your gums to pull back from the base of your teeth. This allows small pockets of infection to form deep in your gums. The constant bacterial presence in this area can work its way into the seam where your abutment meets the crown and eventually weaken the cement holding it in place. Left unchecked it can even result in a loss of bone material in your jaw.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day to remove food particles and plaque before it can harden into tartar. Your twice-annual dental checkup involves a cleaning procedure where they can 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 417.673.1988 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain your new crown!