Dental crowns are a great way to restore damaged teeth, whether due to decay, aging, breaking, or other issues. You don’t want tooth damage or tooth loss to affect your life for the worse in the future. Crowns provide a sensible and effective solution to these dental problems but they need the proper care to stay good for years to come.
At Silver Lake Dentistry of Raymore, Missouri, we help restore damaged teeth with top-quality dental crowns and advise you on the best way to care for your crowns once they’re permanently cemented into place. With the support of Dr. Joshua Whitford, Dr. Jessica Whitford, and the team, you can get the most out of your dental crowns.
The benefits of dental crowns
Dental crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that repair damaged teeth and restore your chewing surfaces. Dental crowns are a great way to improve your dental health.
While the strength of your natural teeth is considerable, your teeth still aren’t invulnerable and can become unsound due to decay, cracks, or other types of damage. You might need a crown due to a root canal, a large filling, or even to improve the appearance of a tooth.
Dental crowns effectively reinforce compromised teeth while restoring the even, naturalistic appearance of your smile. The team at Silver Lake Dentistry cements your permanent crown onto the remaining portion of your tooth.
Your crown fully covers the portion of your tooth that rests above your gum line. The natural roots of your teeth remain in place for lasting oral integrity. Your crown is specially made out of highly durable materials, often porcelain, ceramic, or resin.
Dental crowns look and feel like your other teeth once the procedure is complete. That’s why you want your crown to last for years, providing great-looking and effective dental support.
Caring for your dental crown
Depending on how well you care for it, a dental crown can last for as long as 5-15 years. Here’s what the team at Silver Lake Dentistry wants you to know about the right way to care for your dental crown.
Keep up your good oral health habits by always brushing twice a day. You should also make sure to floss daily. We also suggest using an antibacterial mouthwash! These habits don’t just protect your dental crown. They also help keep you from needing additional crowns on other teeth.
You should also watch out for sticky or hard foods that could damage or pull away a dental crown, leaving you in need of repairs. Chewing on ice is never a good idea. Toffee, hard nuts, and hard candies can all be a problem for dental crowns.
Some people habitually grind their teeth, often unconsciously, while sleeping. This condition is known as bruxism. Bruxing can damage a crown, so you should use a night guard to protect your teeth if you grind at night.
To learn more about how you can continue to benefit from your dental crown for years to come, talk to the dental care specialists at Silver Lake Dentistry. Schedule your appointment online or over the phone today.