Your new crown represents a serious investment in restoring the appearance and function of a tooth that was severely fractured, or suffered extensive tooth decay. Even though the material your new crown is made from not subject to tooth decay, it will still need attention in your daily oral hygiene routine.
Residual food particles and bacteria in your mouth can develop into a film of plaque. If this plaque isn’t removed on a daily basis it will harden into tartar at the gum line, which is the primary cause of gum disease.
If food particles and plaque are not removed from the crown they can harden into tartar at the gum line, which promotes gum disease. Advanced gum disease can cause your gum tissues to pull back from the base of your teeth exposing the seam where you crown is cemented to the abutment. This could allow bacteria to weaken the cement holding your crown to the abutment.
In time chronic problems with gum disease could also compromise the root of the abutment that anchors your crown into your mouth.
According to the American Dental Association, an effective daily oral hygiene routine is founded on brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day to remove food particles and plaque. Your regular dental checkup at Brent A. Spear, DDS involves a cleaning procedure to remove any lingering tartar from your teeth as well as monitor the health of your gums.
If you have questions about caring for your crown, please feel free to call Brent A. Spear, DDS at 817.920.1488 to schedule an appointment.