A crown essentially replaces the enamel layer of a tooth that suffered advance tooth decay or damage. Crowns are commonly made from many materials. Even though these materials are not subject to tooth decay, it will still need to play an important role in your daily oral hygiene routine.
Bacterial plaque and residual food particles in your mouth can harden into tartar near the gum line. This greatly increases the risk of developing gum disease.
If it is left unchecked, advanced gum disease can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth forming small pockets of infection in your gums. This gives bacteria direct access to the seam where your crown is cemented to the abutment. In time, it can even result in a loss of bone structure that anchor the abutments to your jaw.
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss your teeth twice each day to clean away plaque and food particles before it can harden into tartar. Your regular dental check up also includes a cleaning procedure to remove lingering tarter as well as monitor the health of your gums and the crown.
If you have questions about caring for your crown, please feel free to call us at 770-995-9255 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain your new crown!