Modern dental crowns are both very beautiful and very strong. But that doesn’t mean that they’re invulnerable. In fact, there are some very common things that you can do that are likely to damage your dental crowns. Here are the things to avoid if you want to get decades of life out of your dental crown.
Your teeth are for chewing food. Not for chewing pens, pencils, shirts, fingernails, or other objects. If you are regularly biting down on hard objects with your dental crowns, you’re more likely to break it. So if you have the bad habit of chewing on whatever object that just happens to be ready to hand, then you should try to break yourself of it. And if you can’t break yourself of it, you should consider getting help.
Using Your Crown as a Tool
On the one hand, we can understand that your teeth make a great alternative when you need a third hand, or if you just can’t get a good grip with your hands on plastic. Then your teeth can clamp down like a vise and give you a good hold. But this is a recipe for disaster. When you use your teeth as a tool, you can be subjecting your dental crown to significant force, which can potentially break it.
Don’t use your crown to open packages, crack nuts, break ice, or open bottles. Especially not to open beer bottles, as the metal bottle caps are very destructive to your crowns.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Because they’re so strong, most dental crowns actually fail because the tooth itself fails, so it’s important to keep up good oral hygiene. The crown itself won’t develop cavities, but plaque that accumulates on and around the crown can contribute to gum disease and gum recession. And when your gums recede, it can expose the margin of the crown and the vulnerable root of the tooth, making cavities on the edge of the crown more likely.
Make sure you’re brushing twice a day and flossing every day. And don’t forget to keep making your regular six-month visits to the dentist.
Too Aggressive Hygiene
Of course, you can overdo dental hygiene, too. If you are brushing too much, brushing too hard, or using a destructive toothpaste, your dental crown can suffer.
After gum disease, aggressive toothbrushing is the leading cause of receding gums. And once your gums recede, you have the same potential for problems with marginal cavities, root cavities, and others.
And if you use a toothpaste that is highly abrasive, it can wear the stain-resistant coating off your dental crowns. Using normal toothpaste, the coating on your crowns should last over a decade, but with whitening toothpastes that are full of abrasive compounds, the crown can become vulnerable to stains early. We can recommend the best toothpastes for your dental crowns.
Playing Sports without a Mouthguard
Mouthguards are important to protect your teeth from hitting against each other, which can easily happen any time you play contact sports. Wearing a mouthguard can reduce the risk that your dental crown will experience an abrupt trauma and break.
Happy Crowns Give You a Reason to Smile
If you take care of your crowns, they will take good care of the teeth they are topping. They will protect the teeth from cavities, erosion from acidic foods and even from stomach acid, and they’ll maintain their beautiful exterior so your smile will always look its best.