Dentists typically use a dental crown to treat a tooth that is suffering from a defect in the tooth enamel. This is sometimes associated with the treatment of a large cavity, dental attrition or dental fracture, or to improve a tooth that is in need of cosmetic restoration.
While the materials used for the dental work will not be directly susceptible to bacterial tooth decay, you will still need to brush and floss your dental crown just like the rest of your natural teeth. Excess plaque and other bacterial deposits could still threaten the health of your gums and the remaining natural tooth structure that anchors the dental crown in your mouth.
Tartar buildup near the gumline is the leading cause of gum disease. If left unchecked, this buildup could gradually lead to the loss of bone structure in the area and the potential failure of the abutment. Bone loss, gum infection and dental decay could also lead to the loss of multiple teeth in the area, as well as medical complications related to systemic inflammation.
Having a routine dental checkup from Dr. Robin Cropper at Dentistry For Today is very important for maintaining the health of your gums and the structural integrity of your dental crown. This outpatient appointment will clean away any existing hardened tartar on your teeth while also helping to monitor the general health of your mouth.
If you are in the Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, area, and if you have questions about how to maintain your dental crown, you should call our office at 502-517-0073 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Robin Cropper.