Your new dental crown is essentially a replica of the tooth enamel layer of your previously decayed or damaged tooth. While it is made from a material that isn’t subject to tooth decay, your crown is still vulnerable to complications brought on my chronic gum disease.
The advanced form of gum disease, known as periodontitis, can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, creating small pockets of infection in your gums. Constant bacterial exposure in this area can give the bacteria direct access to the seam where your crown is cemented to the abutment. This could potentially start to weaken the cement that is holding the crown onto the abutment.
In time, periodontitis can even cause the loss of the bone structure that anchors the abutments to your jaw. This could make the core of the tooth come loose or it could result in the abutment breaking off inside the gumline.
To prevent these complications, your dentist, Dr. Wynatte Chu, advocates brushing the crown and the rest of your teeth twice each day. Then you should floss your teeth and gumline each evening. If you do have some tartar buildup on your teeth or if you develop gum disease, the problem can often be treated by a dental cleaning and checkup with Dr. Wynatte Chu.
If you have questions or concerns about the best ways to clean and maintain your new dental crown in New York, New York, you can always call Wynatte Chu, DDS at 347-868-6546 to seek further advice.