A crown represents a significant investment in the visual appeal and function of your tooth. When properly cared for, it has the potential to last a lifetime. While a crown is not subject to tooth decay like the enamel of your natural teeth, it will require regular brushing and flossing.
Bacterial buildup of plaque can harden into tartar. Tartar at the gum line can affect the health of the surrounding gum tissue. Inflamed gum tissue can pull back from the teeth, exposing pockets where bacterial infection can form into gum disease. If left unchecked, gum disease can cause the loss of bone in the parts of the jaw that anchor the crown in your mouth, thus causing the crown’s abutment to fail.
Staining of your teeth or the crown can also be an issue. A porcelain crown does a good job of resisting staining. When your crown was made, it was matched to the color of your natural teeth. Things like tobacco use and frequently drinking dark beverages can cause deep staining in your remaining natural teeth. Over time your natural teeth might not perfectly match the color and tone of the crown.
Visiting your dentist twice a year for your routine cleaning and 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 and the surrounding natural teeth, please feel free to call us at 208-377-2160 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!