The benefits of maintaining good healthy teeth are well known. However, once teeth have serious issues or are weakened by treatments such as fillings or crowns, there is even more a reason to maintain good dental hygiene.
By maintaining a daily routine of good dental hygiene, you can increase your chances of keeping your teeth for a lifetime and reduce the risk of ongoing serious dental issues that could result in pain, discomfort, tooth loss, and unnecessary expensive procedures.
Having good oral hygiene is an essential part of keeping healthy teeth and gums, and maintaining the health of already weakened teeth is even more important. Here are FIVE preventative actions you can take to keep your teeth in tip-top condition…
1. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Just as with your natural teeth, the durability of crowns depends on how well you look after them. Gum disease and tooth decay can still occur to the tooth underneath the crown. The easiest way to avoid having a crown get decay underneath it is to pay special attention at home to the edges of the crown where it attaches to the tooth. Brush and floss are mandatory for long life of a crown. As well, special cleaning tools may be needed. Good oral hygiene and regular dental check-up and clean appointments can help your crown last longer.
2. Change Your Toothbrush
Toothbrushes should be changed every 2-3 months. Toothbrushes can be breeding grounds for germs, fungus, and bacteria, which after a while can build up to significant levels.
Even with a crown, the tooth underneath can still decay. Studies show that after three months of normal wear and tear, toothbrushes are much less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums compared to new ones. The bristles break down and lose their effectiveness in getting to all those tricky corners around your teeth.
An electric toothbrush is also great for getting a clean, healthy mouth.
3. Have A Healthy Diet
What you eat has a huge impact on your teeth. A diet high in sugar increases your risk of developing cavities and gum disease while having highly acidic foods such as lemons can erode enamel.
If you have a dental crown, you should avoid chewy and sticky foods as these have the potential to grab and pull at the crown, which in turn can directly impact the overall life of the crown. Chewy and sticky foods to avoid can include chewing gum, caramel, chewy lollies, and even raisins. In addition to foods that are chewy and sticky, those that are hard should also be avoided as they can break a porcelain crown.
Following a diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables that is high in calcium will minimise your risk of developing dental issues.
4. Floss With Care
Dental floss is an important part of an important part of good regular dental hygiene. However, dental flow needs to be used more carefully around a crown. Try to gently slide it and not lift it out with force as you don’t want to lift the crown.
5. Having Regular Check Ups
Having regular dental check-ups can help identify any problems with your dental crown early on. Healthy mouths are recommended to get a professional clean at least twice a year. For those with more serious issues, more frequent intervals may be required.
To make an appointment or to speak to our expert friendly consultants please contact Somerset Dental Care on 1300 707 046.
Dental crowns are specifically designed to strengthen or restore teeth after possible decay, root canal, or on a tooth weakened by numerous fillings. They can also be used on discoloured teeth and broken teeth.
The primary use of a dental crown is to help you keep your teeth for as long as possible, maintaining a great smile without missing teeth. A dental crown effectively caps or crowns whatever of the original tooth still remains and can make a large difference in a weak tooth crumbling later, maintaining your tooth for function and looks.
Our expert dentists will recommend a crown to provide greater strength, increased longevity, and better tooth protection. A crown also gives the dentist greater control over the tooth’s ultimate cosmetic appearance.
A dental crown can take several visits. As each crown is built around the size and shape of your tooth, we first need to make an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. A temporary filling or crown may be put in place while your final crown is being built and on your next visit your final crown will be fitted.
A dental crown costs more than a filling but considering that they are generally longer lasting, improve the strength of your tooth, and can improve the look of a tooth, the benefits are long term.
Somerset Dental Care will recommend a personalised treatment plan for you, recommending the best option for keeping your smile looking good. If you are unsure of whether a dental crown is right for you, call the team today to organise a consultation – call 4648 0909.
Ever wondered what a crown or a bridge is? Crowns and bridges are used to restore decayed, missing or weakened teeth. Unlike dentures, crowns and bridges are permanently cemented onto existing teeth or implant and will usually be recommended by dentists following fillings, extractions, root canal treatments or other teeth and gum problems.
What is a Crown?
Dental crowns are small “caps” that are custom made and placed over your existing tooth. They are used when your original tooth is still intact, but is too weak to remain unprotected.
If you have a broken, decayed or otherwise weak tooth, a crown can add structure and strength, while improving the overall appearance of your teeth. Sometimes a crown is used in place of a new filling if there isn’t a lot of tooth left, or following a root canal treatment to enhance protection and prevent the tooth from cracking or breaking.
What Type of Crowns Are Available?
Crowns are available in porcelain, ceramic, metal or acrylic materials. Your family dentist will help you decide which material is going to best suit your problem.
Porcelain or ceramic crowns are often the most popular because they can be matched to the colour of your surrounding teeth, meaning that the crown won’t be noticeable at all. However, other materials such as gold, metal alloys and acrylic are stronger and may be recommended by your dentist if your tooth needs a high amount of reinforcement.
What is a Bridge?
When a tooth is extracted or has fallen out completely, the space that is left between the teeth can cause many problems, such as gum sensitivity, problems in chewing/eating, changes in gum/teeth structure, soreness and infections.
Bridges are designed to help you avoid these issues by using a false tooth to fill the gap. This both restores your original bite and ensures the original appearance of your teeth is maintained.
In this case, crowns and bridges are used together: crowns are placed over the teeth on either side of the gap and these serve to hold the new false tooth in place.
What Type of Bridges Are Available?
As with crowns, bridges come in a variety of materials, such as gold, alloys and porcelain, or a combination. The material chosen is based on the location of the missing tooth and the level of strength the tooth requires. Your family dentist can guide you through the choices available and help you make the right bridge decision.
Crowns and Bridges – Which is Best?
Generally speaking, if you have a broken or decayed tooth, a crown will be best for you. If your tooth is completely missing, however, you’ll need to opt for a bridge (along with crowns on either side).
With the proper care, crowns and bridges can last for a lifetime. Like your regular teeth, good oral hygiene, regular checkups and cleans and avoiding grinding or clenching your teeth can all keep your crowns and bridges healthy and strong.
Do you live in the Wollondilly or Narellan areas? Visit Somerset Dental Care today to learn more about crowns and bridges or make an appointment to start improving the health and appearance of your teeth!