How Greenwood area patients can take care of dental crowns
Dental crowns are one of the most common dental restorations used for Greenwood area patients who have experienced damaged teeth. Dental crowns, also referred to by some patients as “caps,” are porcelain restorations that are used to cover the top and sides of a natural tooth for protection. They are commonly placed over teeth that are affected by permanent staining, breakage, or those that have been weakened by root canal therapy. Crowns may also be used by patients to replace a missing tooth when placed over the abutment of a dental implant.
Crowns are extremely strong and beautiful. They are made from porcelain which is a natural-looking ceramic that can result in a hard-to-distinguish restoration from the rest of the smile. They are fabricated based on color and shape of the existing teeth to blend in beautifully with the natural teeth already in the smile. This makes them difficult for others to pick out of a smile as a cosmetic dental procedure.
Dr. Christopher T. Griffin of Greenwood uses dental crowns regularly in his practice, but encourages his patients to take good care of them to extend their lifespan. Crowns are known for their longevity. Many patients are able to keep their crowns for many, many years, but this depends on the care and attention they are given. Maintenance of dental crowns is rather simple and this shouldn’t cause patients to shy away from having them placed within their smile.
Dental crowns cover the existing natural tooth structure, so the teeth underneath are still susceptible to periodontal disease and decay. Patients who have dental crowns should take good care of them by brushing and flossing, especially around the base of the crown where food particles, plaque, tartar, and even bacteria can become stuck and result in the formation of serious concerns. Patients are encouraged to visit their dentist regularly for x-rays and to check for signs of damage or infection underneath the crown to ensure patients are maintaining a healthy smile at all times. Between good oral home health care and regular visits to the dental practice, many patients are able to enjoy their dental crowns for many years.