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How to Extend the Life of Dental Crowns


Posted on 7/30/2017 by Dr. Frank Sallustio
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Dental crowns are “caps" that cover the entire visible portion of your teeth. They are designed to provide strength to a weak tooth, as well as protect it from damage and infection. Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials, but ceramic is one of the most popular, as it mimics the appearance of your natural teeth. While crowns can keep your teeth protected for many years, they are not immune to damage. There are ways, though, to extend their life.

Oral Hygiene


While crowns cannot suffer from decay, that does not mean you can neglect your oral hygiene. Crowns, regardless of material, can still collect plaque, bacteria, and even tartar, which can then lead to gum disease. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, along with flossing daily is essential.

Avoid Chewing Hard or Sticky Foods


Hard foods, like popcorn kernels, hard candies, and ice can chip your crowns. This not only causes aesthetic issues, it can let bacteria in, which can then get into your tooth, causing an infection. Even habits like chewing your fingernails, chewing on a pen, or using your teeth to open packaging can cause severe damage. Sticky foods, like caramel, taffy and chewing gum can dislodge crowns.

Eat Well


Eating a diet full of nutritious food is essential to your oral health, as well as your overall health. With a well-balanced diet, your gums and teeth will remain healthy, and able to better support your crown.

Dental Visits


Don't forget about visiting your dentist at least twice a year. Not only will your dentist give your teeth a thorough cleaning, they will also perform an oral exam, which will include checking the condition of your crown, to make sure that it is not showing any signs of wear or damage.

For more information on how to protect your crown, and extending its life, be sure to speak with your dentist at your next appointment. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (623) 738-2639.
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