By changing the shape, size, and color of your teeth, dental crowns can give your entire smile a total refresh. But when it comes to taking care of them, you might be thinking, “How do I take care of a ceramic tooth covering?” Dental crown care is much simpler than you would think. A dental crown is cared for in the same way as you would care for your natural teeth. Here are some tips and tricks on what to do and what not to do when it comes to caring for your new crown.

Dental Crown Do’s

Brushing and flossing are the most important steps you can take when it comes to dental crown care. There is still a tooth underneath the ceramic, which can decay if not properly cared for. Plaque is still public enemy number one. If the supporting tooth were to begin to deteriorate, it can no longer support the crown. Without that support, the crown may break and fall out.

And of course, making sure you visit the dentist every six months for a checkup is vital for keeping your gums, teeth, and crown healthy and clean. Your dentist will be able to spot any issues early before they turn into larger problems. They can also give you some helpful tips on dental crown care.

Dental Crown Don’ts

Avoiding sticky or hard foods is a great way to maintain the integrity of your dental crown. Chewing on ice or some candy can weaken or loosen the crown. If the concrete under the crown were to crack, it could fall out and you’d need a replacement.

Meanwhile, try to kick any bad habits you can to maintain the strength of the crown. Biting your nails, using your teeth as a “tool” to open bottles or cans, and grinding your teeth at night can ruin your dental crown and natural teeth. If you find yourself grinding your teeth, consider buying a night guard to protect your teeth from the slow wear and tear that can occur.

Crowns from Center Valley

At Center Valley Dental, we are proud to offer top-quality crowns to all our patients. If you find yourself in need of a crown, allow us to help. We use CEREC technology to craft a crown that not only fits comfortably but looks completely natural as well. And your crown can be crafted and placed in a single visit! Dental implants and general dentistry are also available. Contact our team to learn more.