Each dental crown is crafted from durable materials and it is cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive. While this is meant to fully restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth for many years to come, poor oral hygiene practices could still threaten the long-term integrity of your crown.
Severe periodontal disease, which is known as periodontitis, can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, creating small pockets of infection in your gums. The continual bacterial presence in this area can weaken the seam where the crown is cemented to the abutment. This could potentially weaken the cement holding the crown to the abutment.
In time, untreated periodontitis could even result in the loss of the bone structure that anchors the abutments to your jaw. This could cause the core of the tooth to come loose or it could result in the abutment breaking off inside the gumline.
To prevent this from befalling you, Dr. Behnam Y. Moghadasian recommends brushing the crown and the rest of your teeth twice each day. Then you should floss your teeth and gumline each night after you’re done eating for the day. Waxed dental floss will slide into any hard-to-clean areas between the crown and the gumline.
Your routine dental exam with Dr. Behnam Y. Moghadasian also includes a thorough dental cleaning procedure. This will allow our team to remove hardened tartar and monitor the health of your gums and the integrity of your crown.
If you have questions or concerns about the best way to clean and maintain your new dental crown in Great Neck, New York, you can always call Great Neck Dental Care at 516-717-4729 for further advice.