When you get a dental crown, you invest in your oral health. Like any investment, it’s important that you take steps to protect it for as long as possible. Dental crowns in Flowery Branch, GA can last a decade or longer if you care for it properly.
Care for the Tooth, Care for the Crown
Modern dental crowns use materials like porcelain and zirconia because they resemble dental enamel and can stand up to daily wear and tear. The crown itself won’t get a cavity, but the tooth beneath it can. In this case, your dentist may need to remove the crown to treat the decay, and it may not be possible to reuse the crown after the tooth’s been treated.
Brushing twice a day and flossing once removes plaque and tartar that contain bacteria that lead to cavities and gum disease. If you don't feel confident that you’re getting the most out of your hygiene efforts, ask your dental hygienist who will be more than happy to review your brushing and flossing skills.
Avoid Crunchy and Sticky Foods
Dental crowns are durable and designed to absorb the chewing force of a damaged tooth. But it’s not indestructible, and if you bite down too hard in the right spot, you risk chipping or cracking the crown, which makes it unusable.
Avoid hard or crunchy foods that put your crown at risk. Seeds and nuts, hard candy, and popcorn have all been known to break a crown. Treats like gummy candies can be sticky enough to pull a crown right off your tooth. If you have a habit of chewing on ice, stop it, as this can also break your crown.
Stay Current with Routine Dental Exams and Cleanings
Keep your teeth and gums healthy by visiting your dentist in Flowery Branch every six months or as recommended. Your dental team will check the condition of your dental crowns, bridges, and fillings and look for cavities or gum disease.
Restorative Dentistry for all Your Needs in 30566
Dr. Reginald Booker designs and customizes beautiful dental crowns, and if you want to replace missing teeth, we also offer dental bridges at our Flowery Branch, GA dental office.
Please call us to schedule an appointment to get started.