Teeth perform a very crucial role, mainly for digestion purposes. The food that we eat is broken down in smaller pieces or ground appropriately before swallowing it by our teeth. The grinded food enters the stomach, which eases the digestion process.
However, the teeth can get cracked or fall off due to some reasons, and that space cannot be left empty. The cracked teeth can break further, causing discomfort, and the grinding of food cannot be performed up to the mark, thereby affecting the digestion.
The dentists have an excellent solution for such problems in the form of dental crowns. The dentists suggest installing dental crowns for a variety of issues, like
- Protecting the weak teeth
- Restoring the filling in the teeth
- Holding dental bridges
- Supporting the teeth with larger fillings
- Avoiding further breaking of a cracked tooth
- Giving a makeover to a lousy colored tooth
- Taking up the place of a missing tooth
And so on.
A dental crown can be called as a pseudo tooth, which can perform all the functions like regular teeth while offering protection to the weaker ones. Although the dental crown is supposed to be a false tooth, they too need proper care as well as routine maintenance by brushing and cleaning.
In the world of the dental industry, a dental crown is referred to as the upper visible portion of the teeth. A ceramic cover in the shape of a natural teeth can be called as a dental crown. These dental crowns are made entirely of enamel color, or the upper portion of the dental crown can be silver coated. Depending on the choice of the patient, the dentist can use that specific dental crown to cover the entire defected teeth.
The dental crowns implanted by the dentist, for whichever of the above reasons, need to be washed, brushed, flossed, cleaned, and maintained just like your natural teeth. The main reason for the maintenance of a dental crown is that, even if the dental crown is a superficial tooth, the area where that crown is fitted is still of your real teeth. The place where the crown is attached to the old teeth can be still vulnerable.
If the cavity of the earlier teeth is not filled correctly, the area where the crown is attached might get affected. Hence, it is very important to fill the cavity correctly, and connect the dental crown appropriately so that there won’t be any cavity remaining between the dental crown and the gum.
Ways to clean and take care of a dental crown –
- Brush at least twice a day- Go with a soft bristle brush in the beginning, and then move to a regular brush. The gums can be quite sensitive when the crowns are recently implanted.
- Floss everyday – Floss helps to remove particles that can be stuck in between the dental crown and your natural teeth, which may cause decay in the areas under the crown.
- Avoid hard, surgery, gummy and sticky food – Sugar is, in general, bad for even natural teeth. Hard food might crack the dental crown, while sticky or gummy food can ruin the texture of a dental crown.
- Beware while chewing the food and gulping it down- The dental crowns are not grown from the gums, they are attached to the gums, and hence beware about the crown while swallowing the food down.
- Avoid too hot or too cold beverages, as they can create sensitivity.
- A regular dental checkup is recommended so that the dentist can know if any problem arises
- If the crown is for a temporary purpose, extra care is necessary
- Use antibacterial mouthwash to avoid the creation of plague.
With these easy tips, one can take care of their dental crowns properly, enjoy their benefits, and make them last long.