Dental crowns are a popular solution for dental restoration. Dental crowns can be used to help protect a damaged tooth. Crowns are generally durable and can last for many years, even decades, if cared for properly. However, if the crown is not cared for properly, it can chip, break, and wear away, just as a normal tooth can chip, break, or wear away.
Some wear and tear on your crown is natural and will occur, but if you take care with your dental crown and put effort into maintaining your oral health, you will enjoy the longest use from your crown.
We want your dental crown to keep working as long as possible for you, so we’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of your dental crowns.
Try Not to Clench or Grind Your Teeth
Clenching and grinding your teeth can put pressure on the crown, causing it to crack or wear away. If you are prone to clenching or grinding your teeth when you sleep at night, talk to your dentist about wearing a night guard to protect your crown and your teeth.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Maintain your regular appointments at your dental office. Getting regular dental cleaning will help keep plaque and tartar from building up on your teeth, and your dentist will have the opportunity to evaluate your oral health, including your crown. Your dentist can keep an eye on the crown and the tooth beneath it to ensure it stays healthy and strong.
Brush and Floss Regularly
While the crown itself is not vulnerable to decay, the tooth the crown protects can still decay. It is important to continue your oral hygiene routines with your crown to help the tooth below it remain strong. When brushing your teeth, be sure to clean well around the crown to keep food and other debris from getting underneath it.
Break Bad Habits
Chewing on ice, your fingernails, hard candies, or other hard objects can damage your dental crown. If you already have these habits, try to break them. If you do not, your crown will likely not last as long as it could.
At Fox View Dental in De Pere, WI, we can help you protect damaged teeth with dental crowns. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please reach out to our office.