A dental crown protects a damaged or decayed tooth. And with optimal oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and regular preventive dental care, your new crown can last for years. At DentAlign, Dr. Kenn Kakosian provides dental services for the area in Midtown East Manhattan, New York.
When a dental crown makes a good option
Here are some reasons you might need a dental crown:
Protect a weak or damaged tooth
If a tooth has a large filling, has undergone root canal therapy, or is fractured or weak from previous dental work or trauma, a crown can strengthen and protect it.
Save a broken or severely decayed tooth
A crown can restore the shape, size, and function of a tooth damaged by decay or trauma.
Improve a tooth’s aesthetics
A crown improves the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth.
Secure a dental bridge
A crown can be used to secure a dental bridge if you need to replace one or more missing teeth.
Attach to a dental implant
Crowns are attached to a dental implant with an abutment to complete your restoration.
After a comprehensive dental exam, our team will let you know if a dental crown is right for you.
6 tips to help take care of your new dental crown
Taking care of your new dental crown is the key to making it last as long as possible. Here are some tips for taking care of dental crowns:
1. Brush and floss regularly
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily to remove food particles and prevent bacteria and plaque from forming around the crown.
2. Avoid eating hard food and candy
Hard and sticky food and candy can damage and dislodge dental crowns. Avoid chewing on hard candy, ice, or non-food objects.
3. Wear a mouthguard
If you grind or clench your teeth in your sleep, our team may recommend a custom-made mouthguard to protect your crown.
4. Schedule regular dental exams and cleanings
Keep up with your dental cleanings and checkups every six months to ensure your crown remains in good condition.
5. Don’t use your teeth as tools
Avoid using your teeth to open packages or bottles to prevent damaging your new crown.
6. Be gentle when flossing
Be careful when flossing around your crown to avoid pulling it off or damaging your gums.
For more information about how to take care of your dental crowns and the other cosmetic and general dentistry services available at DentAlign, contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in The Woodlands, Texas.