Your new dental crown plays an important role in your overall oral function. It is designed to replace the tooth enamel layer with an alternate dental material. Even though the dental crown cannot suffer from tooth decay you will still need to include it in your daily oral hygiene routine.
If hardened tartar forms near the gumline it could promote gum inflammation and gum disease complications. In time this could cause your gums to pull back from the base of your teeth creating small pockets of infection near the root of the abutment that anchors your dental crown.
This could also allow bacteria direct access to the seam where your crown is dental cemented to the abutment. This could eventually cause it to come loose.
Severe periodontal disease can eventually cause a loss of bone structure in your jaw. This could cause the core of the tooth to come loose or result in the abutment breaking off inside the gumline.
Dr. Glenn D. Balkins, Mark P. Swensen and Dr. Haslam recommends brushing your crown twice and flossing it once per day just like the other teeth in your daily oral hygiene routine. When flossing be sure to work the strand into the gumline to clear away any stray food material and plaque before it can harden into tartar.
If you are in the Corvallis, Oregon area and you have questions or oral hygiene concerns associated with your dental crown you can call 541-754-4017 to consult with a staff member at North Point Dental Group, LLC.