Usually, a dental crown is a sturdy restoration. However, you still need to treat the restoration with respect. If you want to avoid fracturing your crown, you should take the proper precautions. The following tips will help you do just that.
How to Ensure the Longevity of a Dental Crown
A dental crown is a dental restoration that is made of ceramic or porcelain. While it can be made of gold, it normally is made of porcelain and therefore provides a realistic representation of a tooth. In fact, most people cannot tell if you have a crown and believe it to be your natural tooth. To ensure your crown does not break, you need to make sure, just as with your natural teeth, that you avoid hard candies or foods, and be careful about how you bite down. Don't chomp down on a crown but eat regularly to make sure it functions properly. If you use the proper care, a dental crown is meant to last a lifetime. That also means maintaining a regimen of good oral hygiene and care.
Are You Grinding Your Teeth?
One of the worst things you can do to your natural teeth, including any crowns, is to grind your teeth. Do you have this problem? If you grind your teeth only occasionally, think of ways to reduce the stress in your life. Become conscious of when you may be grinding or clenching your teeth and note when you do so. Stress reduction may include cognitive behavioral therapy, which addresses how you think about things, yoga, or meditation. If you grind your teeth at night, or suffer from bruxism, you should check about getting a mouth guard while you sleep. It also helps to make sure your teeth are properly aligned, as doing so will prevent added wear-and-tear on the natural teeth and crowns. Opting for an interdental cleaner can also protect your crown and increase its longevity.
Do you need a crown or have questions about its care? If so, contact us about any concerns. You also want to schedule an appointment for a professional cleaning and exam if you have not had one in the last six months. Give us a call today to reserve a time for a cleaning and consultation.