If you’ve recently had a dental crown restoration, then it was created from durable materials that will resist tooth decay. Yet you should not be reticent to include it in your daily oral hygiene routine. Complications from gum disease still pose a significant threat to the long-term integrity of your crown and its anchoring abutment.
The severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, creating small pockets of infection in your gums. Persistent bacteria can gain direct access to the seam where your crown is cemented to the abutment. This could potentially start to weaken the cement holding the crown to the abutment.
As time goes by, this could even result in the loss of bone structure that anchors the abutments to your jaw. This could cause the core of the tooth to come loose or result in the abutment breaking off inside the gumline.
To prevent these complications, Dr. Behzad Abadi advocates brushing the crown and the rest of your teeth twice each day. Then, you should floss your teeth and gumline each night after you’re done eating for the day. Waxed dental floss will slide into any hard-to-clean areas between the crown and the gumline.
Your twice-annual dental checkup includes a thorough cleaning procedure. This will involve our team removing hardened tartar and monitoring the health of your gums and the integrity of your crown.