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Do Your Crowns Need Special Treatment?

Posted on 2/13/2017 by Sergio Ortegon
A diagram of how a dental crown works.
If you have a tooth that has suffered damage, or have just undergone a root canal, you have most likely been given a crown. A dental crown is a restoration that protects a weakened tooth and allows it to stay in the socket.

Crowns can withstand normal biting forces, but do these devices require special treatment?

Why Might You Need a Crown?

Crowns are used for a variety of reasons:

•  Protect a weakened tooth.
•  Restore a broken or worn tooth.
•  Cover a large filling.
•  Hold a bridge in place.
•  Cover an implant.

What are Crowns Made Of?

Crowns can be made of one of many different materials. The most common material, however, is ceramic. This is because ceramic can be made to match the color of the rest of your natural teeth. It is also a relatively strong material.

Biting and Chewing
Crowns are designed to withstand the normal forces of everyday biting and chewing. However, you should exercise caution with particularly hard foods, such as popcorn kernels or ice. You should also avoid chewing on your fingernails or other objects like pens and pencils. Doing any of these things can cause the ceramic to fracture or chip, which means that you would need to have your crown replaced.

Oral Hygiene

When it comes to your oral hygiene routine, no special treatment is needed for your dental crown. While the crown itself cannot suffer from tooth decay, it can still hold plaque and bacteria. For this reason, you should still continue to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss, even between your crown.

This will help you to prevent serious issues, such as gum disease. You should also be sure to visit your dentist regularly, where he or she can monitor the condition of your crown and spot issues before they become huge problems.

Dental crowns are very low maintenance. With the exception of exercising caution on certain foods, they require no special treatment. Please contact our office if you have any questions about dental crowns.

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