A crown effectively restores the enamel layer of a damaged or severely decayed tooth with an artificial material. Most crowns are made from gold, base metals or porcelain, which are not subject to tooth decay. However, your crown will still need to be part of your daily oral hygiene routine.
Hardened tartar caused by residual food particles and plaque can easily promote gum disease. In time the advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis, can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth creating small pockets of infection in your gums.
This gives bacteria direct access to the seam where your crown is cemented to the abutment. In time, it can even result in a loss of bone structure that anchor the abutments to your jaw.
Clearing away residual food particles and plaque by brushing and flossing twice each day will help prevent tartar formation. Your regular dental checkup at Dr. Robert Berkowitz also includes a cleaning procedure to remove lingering tarter as well as monitor the health of your gums and the crown.
If you have questions about caring for your crown, please feel free to call Dr. Robert Berkowitz at 864-642-4630 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain your new crown!