A crown essentially replaces the enamel of a tooth that has been damaged by injury or tooth decay. The Crown itself is made from materials that are not subject to tooth decay. However your crown still requires routine care.
Your crown represents a significant investment in the form and function of your tooth, so you should not take it lightly. With routine care it has the potential to last for many years to come.
Residual food particles and bacteria in your mouth can develop into a thin film of plaque on your crown. Over time this plaque can harden into tartar at the gum line which has the potential to cause gum disease. Inflamed gums can pull back from the tooth exposing pockets where bacteria continue to grow. This can cause a reduction in the bone material that anchors the abutment in your mouth.
You should also keep in mind that porcelain crowns in your smile do not stain the way natural enamel does. Tobacco use and staining foods and drinks can cause your teeth to not match as well.
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 please feel free to call us at 281-826-0025 to schedule an appointment.