Your dentist, Dr. Robert H. Watson, designed your new dental crown from durable materials like porcelain, gold, or base metal alloys. While these artificial materials are not susceptible to tooth decay, your crown will still need regular attention in your daily oral hygiene routine. Long-term complications resulting from chronic gum disease can still pose a significant threat to the longevity of your dental crown.
Your crown needs to be brushed twice each day and flossed each evening, just like your natural teeth. This will remove plaque and food particles before they can harden into tartar, which is a substance that promotes gum disease.
The inflammation resulting from gum disease can give bacteria access to the seam where your crown is cemented to the abutment. This could weaken the cement holding the crown in place, loosening it.
This also makes it possible for bacteria to attack the sensitive abutment that anchors your crown. Chronic gum disease can even result in the loss of bone structure that anchors the abutments to your jaw.
Your twice-annual dental checkup at Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA includes an extensive cleaning treatment. This will effectively remove any lingering tarter and will allow us to monitor the health of your gums as well as the integrity of the crown.
If you have questions or concerns about how to clean and maintain your new dental crown in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can always call 704-523-7221 to speak to a member of the staff at Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA.