How to Care for Your Tooth Crown

How to Care for Your Tooth Crown

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over teeth following a restorative treatment. The crowns are made from a variety of materials: composite resins, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or metal. Porcelain crowns have become a popular material in recent years. Porcelain matches the color and luster of natural teeth. 

The doctors of Ocean View Dental Care in San Clemente, CA offer dental crowns that are fabricated from durable materials that can withstand the pressures of chewing and biting. With proper care, dental crowns can last 10, 15, or even 20 years. By following simple tips and visiting our office twice a year, patients can avoid accidentally damaging their restoration. 

Common Causes of Damaged Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are designed to withstand normal wear and tear. If a crown is damaged, it is usually due to the restoration being used to bite something hard, like bone or hard candy. Biting dense objects can prematurely wear or even damage your crown. Bad habits can also lead to the dislodging of dental crowns. If your crown becomes damaged or dislodged, one of our doctors can repair or replace the crown at our San Clemente dental practice. 

Common causes of damage to dental crowns include:

  • Crooked teeth: Misaligned teeth place disproportionate pressure on certain areas of your bite. If you have teeth alignment problems, consider undergoing orthodontic treatments.
  • Trauma: Even the strongest dental crowns can become chipped or dislodged following a blow to the face. Consider wearing a mouthguard to prevent unintentional damage during sports activities. 
  • Bruxism: If you grind your teeth at night, the habit can wear or damage your dental crown. If you grind your teeth, please let a member of our dental team know.
  • Gum disease: Untreated gum disease can weaken the natural tooth that supports your crown. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and visiting our dental practice for regular cleanings can help you stay ahead of gum disease. 
  • Poor habits: We ask all of our patients to refrain from using their dental crowns to tear or pry open objects.
  • Dietary considerations: Be mindful of what you bite. Dental crowns are designed to be durable, but they should not be used to bite hard objects. Certain candies or other hard objects can dislodge or break dental crowns.

Maintaining healthy gums and underlying tooth structure is important. Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss. We recommend that patients visit our office at least twice a year for cleanings and exams. During your routine visits, one of our doctors will closely examine your dental crown to ensure that the restoration is strongly bonded. Your dentist will also check the health of the surrounding gum tissue to ensure that you are free of gum disease. 

If your dental crown hurts or feels loose or damaged, contact our office immediately. Even with careful maintenance, dental crowns will eventually need to be replaced. One of our doctors can remove the crown, take images of the underlying tooth, and have your crown fabricated at a trusted laboratory.  

Schedule Your Dental Crown Consultation Today

 

With proper care, dental crowns can last for 10, 15, or even 20 years. By following the tips outlined in this blog and visiting our office, you can ensure that your investment serves your smile for many years. To schedule your dental crown consultation, please contact our office online or call (949) 388-0780.