Your new crown represents a serious investment in restoring the full function and appearance of a damaged or decayed tooth. Even though the materials your new crown is made out of will not suffer tooth decay, it will still need to play a role in your oral hygiene routine. This is especially important for preventing gum disease near the root of the tooth.
Bacteria from leftover food particles and residual sugar in your mouth develop into plaque. If plaque buildup is not removed, it can harden into tartar at the gum line which is the leading cause of gum disease.
As gum disease advances it causes the gum tissues to recede from the base of your teeth. This creates small pockets of infection that gives bacteria access to the seam that cements your new crown to the abutment. If gum disease is not resolved in a timely manner it can also cause a loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing and flossing your teeth twice each day to remove food particles and plaque. This reduces the chances of tartar formation. Your twice annual dental checkup is also critical for maintaining gum health and polishing surface stains so that your crown continues to match the enamel of the surrounding teeth.
If you have questions about caring for your crown, please feel free to call us at 856-455-1183 to schedule an appointment.