Dental crowns can work wonders for both the appearance and functionality of your teeth. But just like your natural teeth, they need proper care to stay in top shape. Whether you’re new to having crowns or have had them for a while, understanding how to maintain them is key to their longevity and effectiveness. At Life-Centered Dentistry, we prioritize patient education to ensure you get the best results from your treatment. We’re excited to share our top tips for keeping your dental crowns looking beautiful and performing at their best for years to come.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are a type of restorative dentistry designed to cover and protect damaged or weakened teeth. They completely encase the affected tooth, restoring its appearance and function. Crowns can be made from materials like porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of these, and are custom-designed to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth.

Crowns are often recommended for teeth that have experienced extensive decay, damage, or have undergone a root canal. They provide strength and protection, ensuring the tooth remains durable and maintains its structural integrity for years to come.

What Can Happen if You Don’t Take Care of Your Dental Crowns?

Neglecting your dental crowns can lead to a host of problems. Without regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, the area where the crown meets your tooth can become prone to decay, potentially leading to cavities and gum disease. Poor oral hygiene can also cause the surrounding teeth to decay, weakening the foundation of your crown. Ignoring these issues could mean needing a new crown or an even more serious dental procedure to restore your oral health. Your crowns are an investment in YOU!

Taking good care of your crowns is essential for maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Here’s what you can do to make sure they last as long as possible.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss around each crown every day.
  • Use a dentist-recommended mouthwash.
  • Get regular dental check-ups and cleanings.
  • Avoid hard and sticky foods.
  • Wearing a mouth guard during sports and at night, especially if you grind or clench your teeth. Ask about Botox if you do, to relax your muscles and protect your crowns and teeth.

Schedule a Consultation

Dental crowns can be a transformative solution for those suffering from tooth damage or decay. When cared for properly, they offer both functional and aesthetic benefits that can last for years. Dental crowns enhance your smile and improve your oral health. Discover if dental crowns are right for you. Schedule a consultation at Life-Centered Dentistry.

Call us at 616-453-3111 during business hours, or fill out our online contact form after hours and on weekends, and we’ll get back to you on the next business day. Take the first step towards a healthier, more beautiful smile today!