A crown represents a significant investment in dental form and functionality. If your crown is properly cared for, it has the potential to last for many years to come. It’s important to keep in mind that while a crown is not subject to tooth decay like natural teeth, it still does require regular brushing and flossing.
Bacterial buildup of plaque can become tartar, which can affect the health of the surrounding gum tissue. Over time this can develop into gingivitis. If gingivitis is allowed to advance unchecked, it can become periodontitis. This severe form of periodontal disease can cause the loss of bone in the parts of the jaw that anchor the crown in your mouth!
Staining can be an issue, depending on what material your crown is made of. A porcelain ceramic crown does a very good job of resisting stains. When the crown of your implant was made, it was matched to the surrounding teeth. Things like tobacco use and frequently drinking dark beverages can cause deep staining in your remaining natural teeth. Over time your natural teeth might not perfectly match with the color and tone of the crown.
Visiting your dentist twice a year for your dental cleaning and checkup will help maintain gum health and will polish away surface staining before it can progress to the point where it causes matching issues.
If you have questions about caring for your crown and the surrounding natural teeth, please feel free to call us at 510.783.1414 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!