Whenever you receive a dental restoration like a crown, you are making a long-term investment in your oral health. With proper care, a well-made crown can last for as long as 15 years, and you can protect your investment by following a few simple suggestions.
What Does a Crown Do?
Dental crowns are used to restore the form and function of a damaged or weakened tooth. There are several ways a tooth can be compromised; most commonly, it's a tooth that has fractured or has a large cavity. Dental crowns in Chagrin Falls OH are also used to protect a tooth after root canal treatment, add function to a dental implant, or for esthetic purposes to conceal a tooth.
How Can I Extend the Life of My Crown?
Once you go through the process of getting a crown, you want to make sure you're taking care of it correctly to keep it functioning and intact for as long as possible! Here are three recommendations that will help you protect your investment:
- Eliminate bite issues – The most common reason crowns fail is teeth grinding and clenching that may be the result of a problem with your dental bite. In many cases, a custom night guard worn while you sleep is all that's needed to prevent damage from teeth grinding.
- Don't skimp on oral hygiene – It's true that the crown itself will not decay, but it's still essential to ensure the health of your gums and your natural tooth. Brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist will do a lot to protect your smile between dental visits.
- Keep up with six-month checkups – Not only do routine visits allow your dentist to check your underlying dental health, but they also give your dentist an opportunity to make sure the crown is firmly seated on your natural tooth. This can save you an emergency trip to have a loose crown replaced.
Not only does Dr. Hivick create beautiful, durable crowns, he also provides you with the information you need to extend their lifespan. Please call us today to schedule your appointment!