Dr. Cynthia S. Becker & Cynthia A. Pistoia typically uses a dental crown at their Fishers, Indiana, clinic to treat a decayed or damaged tooth or a tooth in need of cosmetic restoration. This creates a near-perfect replica of the original tooth enamel layer that is cast from either gold, porcelain, or a metallic alloy. While these materials will not be susceptible to tooth decay, you will still need to include your new crown in your daily oral hygiene routine.
Your crown needs to be brushed twice each day and flossed each evening, just like the rest of your natural teeth. This will remove plaque and food particles before they can harden into tartar, which promotes periodontal disease.
The inflammation resulting from the bacterial presence of periodontal disease can give bacteria access to the seam where your crown is cemented to the abutment. This could weaken the cement holding the crown in place, loosening it.
This can also enable bacteria to attack the sensitive abutment that anchors your crown. Chronic gum disease can even result in the loss of bone structure that anchors the abutments to your jaw.
Your regular dental checkups with Dr. Cynthia S. Becker & Cynthia A. Pistoia are also important for maintaining your crown. This includes an extensive cleaning treatment. This will allow our team to effectively remove any lingering tartar and monitor the health of your gums as well as the integrity of the crown.
If you have questions or concerns about how to clean and maintain your new dental crown, you can always call 317-849-0999 to speak to a staff member at My Dental Care.