The crowns in your mouth represent a serious investment in replacing damaged teeth to restore the full function of your mouth. While common crown materials like gold, base metals and porcelain are not subject to tooth decay, they still do need to be considered in your daily oral hygiene routine.
The bacteria in your mouth feed off of leftover food particles and residual sugar. This allows them to develop into a film of plaque. When plaque is not adequately removed, it can easily harden into tartar, which is one of the primary causes of gum disease.
In time gum disease, will cause your gums to pull back from the base of your teeth. This creates small pockets of infection. Constant exposure to bacteria can weaken the cement holding the crown on the abutment it can also cause a loss of material in the bones that anchor the abutment to your jaw
Brushing and flossing twice a day is the most effective way to remove food particles and plaque from between the teeth, your crown and the gum line. This reduces the chances of tartar formation and complications from gum disease.
If you have one of more crowns in your smile, you need to keep in mind that he enamel of your natural teeth stains deeper than porcelain. Porcelain only stains at the surface. So if you regularly use tobacco, or enjoy staining foods and drinks it might dull your natural enamel to the point where it no longer matches your crown.
Your regular dental checkup will help maintain gum health and polish away surface staining before it can progress to the point where it causes matching issues.
If you have questions about caring for your crown please feel free to call us at 970.259.1646 to schedule an appointment.