How to Take Care of Dental Crowns
When an individual opts to get a dental crown, it can sometimes be difficult to know what the proper care and maintenance should be, says Dr. Stephen Tran DDS, who runs Firewheel Smiles based in Garland, Texas. That’s why it’s important to have a frank discussion with your dentist to learn what you need to do, and to discuss the state of your dental health overall and how it should be properly maintained.
A dental crown can protect damaged or cracked teeth, and can also give them a refreshing new cosmetic look. Looking after them is important, and for the most part, the same oral hygiene regimen you practice on your own natural teeth should be followed when looking after crowns.
First off, we recommend regular visits to your dentist. Sometimes that is every three months, sometimes that is every six months. It all depends on that person’s specific periodontal health, and what steps need to be taken for optimal dental hygiene.
Home care would be regular routine brushing and flossing, and of course having regular fluoride treatments is paramount. There is the in-office fluoride treatment and over-the-counter fluoride treatment, the former which is necessary to keep dental crowns in good shape. The in-office fluoride treatment is a lot stronger than the home fluoride treatment. It involves a specific fluoride with a higher concentration that what you can get over-the-counter or use at home, and it is what we recommend.
Fluoride for Good Results
A two percent neutral sodium fluoride is what I use in my office. The usual fluoride toothpaste which you would purchase at your local drugstore is about .05 percent, so the fluoride that we use in our office is about four or five times stronger on average than what you would get in your average toothpaste.
In the office, we usually prescribe a one- to two-minute rinse using this concentration of fluoride. Sometimes we also use a fluoride varnish, but that works better on enamel than dental crowns. If someone has a crown, his tooth is covered. So while varnish a is good for a fluoride treatment, it isn’t necessarily with crowns.
Special Flossing Instruments
With bridges, which are multiple units of crowns, there are special flossing instruments which you can use to help keep them clean. There is also a special-shaped brush with special bristles will can help keep crowns clean that usually you can get those over the counter at any pharmacy or drugstore, or you can get them at your dental office.
Dental crowns will last a lot longer if you look after them properly, so taking care of them is not only an aesthetic but also a financial investment. With the right care and attention, it is estimate that a good quality crown can last up to 15 years. Good luck with yours!
*Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.