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Taking Care of Your Dental Crowns

29 Jun 2015

Taking Care of Your Dental Crowns

Tips from Kanata Dentists on Ensuring the Longevity of Your Crowned Teeth

If you’ve had a tooth, or several teeth, that have been damaged or worn down, but the root was still able to be salvaged, then there’s a good chance that you dentist in Kanata has recommended dental crowns as a course of treatment. Unlike an implant or denture, which replaces the whole tooth, a crown is fashioned to cover the root of the tooth, which remains in its place but is filed down in preparation to receive its covering, and often capped with a temporary one in the meantime. Crowns made to match the colour of the surrounding teeth can be made out of a variety of materials such as porcelain, resin, or ceramic, all with varying lifespans.

And this is the hitch—while dental crowns are a great fix for your tooth, they don’t mean that your tooth is now invincible. The covering is not indestructible, and the root underneath can still be affected by tooth decay and other issues if you don’t take proper care of your oral hygiene.

Care and Maintenance

Your dentist in Kanata may impress upon you the importance of extra vigilance after crowning a tooth, but don’t worry—you’re not going to need to do anything out of the ordinary! You will, however, have to make sure you don’t neglect a healthy routine of brushing and flossing, the crowned tooth has already been damaged and underneath its covering it can still be subject to decay, so be extra careful to keep that area clean, particularly where the tooth meets the gum. If you don’t use mouthwash, consider integrating it into your regimen; an antibacterial rinse can do wonders to help prevent further issues.

If Issues Should Arise

While it’s not common, crowned teeth can still, on occasion, be subject to a variety of different issues. For example, if the remaining tooth underneath still has a nerve ending in it, the tooth may be extremely sensitive to temperatures or pressure; the former can be managed with the right toothpaste, while the latter may require a readjustment. Dental crowns may also come loose or fall completely off. A loose crown may allow bacteria in, exposing the vulnerable portion of your tooth to a high risk of tooth decay. Both of these problems can be caused by an improper fit or issues with the adhesive cement. If either should arise, set up an appointment with your dentist. Kanata dental clinics can also repair chipped and damaged crowns.

Again, these complications are rare. Barring these unlikely events and assuming that you take rigorous care of your oral health, you should be able to look forward to keeping your newly repaired tooth for as long as its lifespan allows.

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