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The Royal Crown – Maintaining Teeth With Serious Issues

The Royal Crown – Maintaining Teeth With Serious Issues

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.

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Dental filling or dental crown – Are they really that different?

Dental filling or dental crown – Are they really that different?

Fillings and crowns are both highly effective dental procedures that can fill a cavity or repair a cracked tooth. However a tooth filling or crown can be recommended for different treatment paths and one isn’t necessarily better than the other for your specific dental problem.

A tooth filling is effectively a dental restoration that fills in a missing portion of tooth – possibly from a cavity – to restore the tooth to its original shape – and to restore strength to the tooth. The size and shape of the tooth are paramount in determining if a filling will be effective long term. If it is a large tooth with a large hole, the inherent strength of the tooth is in question and a tooth filling may not be the right procedure.

A dental crown may be needed to ensure the tooth will not crack or be damaged again in the near future. A dental crown effectively cups the tooth, protecting the filling on the inside of the tooth giving extra strength from the outside.

There can be a number of different reasons why we might suggest that a dental crown should be considered for a tooth. These include greater strength, increased longevity, better tooth protection as well as allowing the dentist greater control over the tooth’s ultimate cosmetic appearance.

While a dental filling is usually a one visit procedure, 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 your smile. If you are unsure of whether a dental crown or tooth filling is right for you, call the team today to organise a consultation – call 4648 0909.

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