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The Do's and Don'ts of Caring for Your Porcelain Crowns

Posted on 4/27/2016 by Sergio Ortegon
A diagram of how a dental crown works.Porcelain crowns can leave your once damaged smile beautiful and functioning like new. However, if you want to keep your attractive and natural-looking smile for years to come, you'll need to care for your crowns properly. Porcelain crowns can mimic the look of your natural teeth, but special care needs to be taken for them.

What You Should Do to Care for Your Crown

If you have porcelain crowns, it is important that you are making your dental health a priority. Just because you have restorations in your mouth doesn't mean that you no longer have to brush.

Keep in mind that your porcelain crown is sitting over the top of your natural teeth, and they are still vulnerable to decay. You should be visiting your dentist every six months to have your crowns checked out and to make sure that the rest of your teeth are still healthy.

Additionally, if you have a tendency to clench or grind your teeth, you should take precautions to keep your teeth safe by wearing a mouth guard.

What You Shouldn't Do When Caring for Your Crown

Just like there are some things that you should do to care for your crowns, there are other things that you should avoid in order to extend their life.

You should never use your teeth as tools to open packages or bottles, as this added pressure could damage your crowns. Putting other objects like pens in your mouth or chewing on your fingernails or ice could have the same effect. Your crowns will wear down quite quickly if you are biting on hard items.

Do you have additional questions about how to care for your crowns, or are you wondering if you might be a porcelain crown candidate? Contact our dental office today.
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