Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” made of metal, ceramic, or resin that are used to cover teeth that have been fractured, chipped, weakened by decay, or otherwise compromised. Ceramic crowns are the most popular choice among patients because they look almost identical to natural teeth, and they are highly durable as well. Crowns can last decades if you care for them properly, but there are some tips you should keep in mind to extend their lifespan.
KEEP UP WITH YOUR ORAL HYGIENE
Just like your natural teeth, dental crowns need to be brushed twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossed once per day. A big appeal of ceramic crowns is the fact that they can be cared for the same as your natural teeth; you do not need to purchase a special kind of toothbrush or toothpaste after having crowns placed. However, even though ceramic crowns are durable and long-lasting, they are not immune to the same dental health problems as your natural teeth. Plaque and bacteria can build up on the surface of crowns and under the gum line, which is why being diligent about your oral hygiene routine and regular dental checkups is so important.
AVOID CERTAIN FOODS AND HABITS
Very chewy, sticky, or crunchy foods have the potential to damage dental crowns. Sticky, chewy foods like taffy and chewing gum can get stuck on the crown and loosen it, while crunchy foods like nuts and seeds can chip the crown. Porcelain crowns are stain-resistant, but drinks like coffee and tea can still cause discoloration around the edges of crowns, so you may want to avoid these products.
There are also some habits you should avoid in order to make your crowns last as long as possible. Grinding your teeth, using your teeth as tools to open packages, and chewing on ice or other hard objects all can damage both your crowns and your natural teeth. Smoking is incredibly harmful to your oral health and your overall health, so if you are a smoker, quitting could help preserve your crowns and prevent serious health problems such as gum disease and oral cancer. If you are interested in learning more about dental crowns, contact our office today.