Your dentist in South Pasadena, California can help when you have dental crowns.
Dental crowns are one of the best restorative treatments available today. They provide outstanding protection for damaged teeth, and they also look wonderfully natural. You will get the most out of your crowns when you take care of them.
Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA offer a wide range of restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental services, including dental crowns.
These are just a few of the simple tips you can follow to take care of your dental crowns:
Don’t ever use your teeth as tools to tear off price tags or open packages; doing this can make the porcelain on your crowns chip and break off.
When you brush and floss, pay special attention to the crown margins, which is the area where your crown meets your tooth; crown margins are prone to developing decay, so it’s critical to keep the margins clean and plaque free. Remember to:
Brush after meals and before bed; an electric or sonic toothbrush is a great tool to keep crown margins clean, because of its pulsating action.
Floss at least once each day; make sure you wrap the floss around the widest part of the tooth as you go down in between your teeth. The wrapping technique ensures that the floss stays firmly against the tooth surface, to clean better.
Use a fluoride rinse after brushing and flossing, and make sure to not eat, drink, or rinse for at least one hour afterward. This gives the fluoride time to seep into your tooth enamel, and your crown margins.
Even with the best care, you may have an issue with a crown. The most common problem is porcelain chipping off of the crown. If this happens to you, keep the piece of porcelain and bring it with you to the dentist. It may be able to be repaired.
If you have a loose crown, visit your dentist as soon as possible to find out if your crown can be re-cemented.
Dental crowns are a smart investment in your smile. To find out more about dental crowns, call Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA at (626) 799-0852. Call today.