A Crown Needs Daily Care and Cleaning to Maximize Its Longevity

by | Dec 12, 2016 | Dental Care

A dental crown in Pleasanton, TX, is a nearly perfect replica of the tooth enamel layer of a tooth that has suffered decay and damage. It is commonly cast out of materials like porcelain, gold or durable base metal alloys. While it is impervious to the ravages of tooth decay, complications from gum disease can still pose a threat to a crown’s longevity.

The advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, creating small pockets of infection in your gums. Constant bacterial exposure in this area can give the bacteria direct access to the seam where your crown is cemented to the abutment. This could potentially start to weaken the cement holding the crown to the abutment.

In time, periodontitis can even cause the loss of 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 these complications, your dentist, Dr. Espino, advocates brushing and flossing the crown twice a day, just as you would the rest of your natural teeth. If you do have some tartar buildup on your teeth or if you develop gum disease, the problem can often be treated by a dental cleaning and checkup at Republic Dental.

If you have oral hygiene questions about the care and cleaning of your new dental crown in Pleasanton, TX, you can always call 830-268-4447 to schedule a consultation at our office.