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Keeping Your Crowns Healthy and Intact

Posted on 3/23/2017 by Dr Wael Garine
A diagram of how a dental crown works.Dental crowns are restorations used to strengthen and protect a damaged or weak tooth. They are also used to anchor dental bridges in place or cap a tooth that has undergone a root canal treatment.

Crowns are usually made of ceramic, which can be perfectly matched to the color of your natural teeth, and are custom created from molds of your mouth.

While strong, crowns are not indestructible, and care should be taken to keep them healthy and intact.

How Does a Crown Get Damaged?

There are several factors that can cause damage to your dental crown:

•  Biting down on something too hard, such as a popcorn kernel or ice cubes. Nail biting, or chewing on a pen can also crack or break a crown.
•  Facial trauma, such as a fall or a hit to the face.
•  Bruxism, or the clenching and grinding of your teeth. Excessive force overtime can cause the crown to crack or chip.
•  Poor oral health. Gum disease can damage the tissue around the crown can mean that the crown needs to be removed in order to treat it.

While a crown can withstand normal biting and chewing forces, it is not invincible. You can eat most of the regular foods you used to eat, but there are a few things you should avoid. Stay away from eating anything exceptionally hard, such as ice. Be careful if you eat popcorn. And avoid foods that are very sticky, like caramels, as they can cause the crown to become dislodged.

Treat Bruxism

Bruxism has no one specific cause. It can be the result of stress, poor tooth alignment, excessive drinking, certain medications, or sleep issues. Speak with your dentist to find the cause of your bruxism and treat it. A night guard can also help while you sleep, as it provides a cushion between your upper and lower teeth, preventing the pressure on the crown.

Oral Hygiene

A crown cannot suffer from tooth decay, but it can harbor plaque and bacteria. It is important to continue a normal oral hygiene routine of brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. You should also be sure to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams.

With the right care, keeping your crown healthy and intact will not be a difficult task, and it will last you many years, if not an entire lifetime. However, contact our office right away if you notice that it has come loose, looks cracked or has fallen out.

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