You just had your custom porcelain crown bonded and fitted in place. You breathe a sense of relief knowing that your tooth is protected and ready to last several more years with the new investment.
But the truth is, no matter how durable your crown is, you’re going to need to take some special steps to ensure your investment lasts as long as possible.
Floss Your Crown Daily
Crowns aren’t invincible to tooth decay, even though they cover your teeth. In reality, the margin of your new restoration lays closely near your gum tissues. There’s a very small area (sometimes only fractions of a millimetre) around its margin where natural tooth structure is exposed. As such, those areas – if not cleaned properly – are prone to tooth decay and an infection can seep up under the crown. It’s important to floss and brush the gumlines daily!
Take Note of Grinding and Clenching
Bruxism (chronic clenching and grinding) is a habit that is usually subconscious or due to stress. Although your new crown is very strong, like healthy tooth enamel, it can’t withstand overuse and excessive forces placed on it more than what’s considered normal.
If you do tend to clench, grind, wake up with frequent headaches or are starting to notice flattened/worn teeth, it’s best that you have a bite splint made. Wearing this protective appliance can limit damage to your new crown as well as the healthy teeth around it.
Schedule Routine Checkups
At Station Square Dental, we want to examine your entire smile — including your new crown — at least every six months to ensure it lasts as long as possible. During your regular checkup, we’ll assess the margin of your restoration and take diagnostic X-rays as needed. For our patients with generally healthy teeth and gums, we recommend making this appointment twice per year.
Contact our dentist in Oakleigh today to book your next visit.