If you have a chipped or cracked tooth or if you just had a dental implant placed, then your dentist may recommend a dental crown. But unlike crowns that royalty wear, a dental crown is a just a little bit different (or a lot different). A dental crown is a small porcelain cap that is placed over your tooth or implant to help you chew like normal again. But because porcelain crowns are artificial, you may not know exactly how to care for them. Luckily, this article will list a few, hopefully helpful, tips. Read on to learn more.
Brush It Like Normal
Even though your dental crown is an artificial tooth, you should still make sure that you brush your teeth like normal. Why? Because tartar and plaque can build up around your dental crown and lead to cavities or even gingivitis. When you brush your dental crown, you can brush it with the same toothbrush and toothpaste that you would use for your normal tooth which is nice because you won't have to invest in other dental care products.
Have It Examined
You should be getting your teeth cleaned and examined every six months by your dentist. While your dentist is examining your teeth, make sure that they look at your dental crown to make sure that it's not loose or chipped. If you do have an issue with one of your dental crowns, then your dentist will usually remove it, place a temporary crown over the top, and have a new crown made for you later on.
Don't Use It As a Tool
Your natural teeth are a little bit fragile and should never be used as a tool to open beer bottles or crack nuts with, but dental crowns are even more fragile. Make sure that you never use your tooth that has a dental crown as any sort of tool because it could chip it or cause it to become loose; both of which you don't want to happen to you.
As you can see, taking care of a dental crown doesn't have to be difficult and complicated. If you are nervous about getting a dental crown because you're worried about how you'll have to take care of it; don't be. If you have any questions or concerns about your dental crown after it has been placed, contact your dentist right away and ask them questions.