Dental crowns make useful tools for protecting teeth that have either been broken or succumbed to decay. They act like shields, keeping bacteria that can cause decay off those teeth. However, they cannot do this job alone. They require your help to protect the teeth they protect from decay.
Crowns cover the majority of the teeth they rest on, but they leave a small opening along the bottom. Bacteria can make their way to the tooth through this opening, and they can start the work of decay. If tooth decay progresses too far, you may be forced to replace the crown, and our dentists may have to perform more extensive dental work on the tooth.
Fortunately, you can do some things to help the crown do its job. You can brush using toothpaste that has fluoride in it. The act of brushing can remove bacteria, which would be in the form of plaque, from the opening that leaves the tooth exposed. Fluoride can help the tooth strengthen itself against things like decay. To remove plaque that is holding up in the gaps between your teeth, you can use dental floss.
While a crown cannot fully protect a tooth on its own, it can do so as long as you help it with basic oral hygiene. If you need someone to help you with your dental crown or help with some tooth decay, feel free to visit our dentists, Dr. Klaudia Falkovsky and Dr Andrew Falkovsky. You can get the help of our dental team here at Falko Family Dental in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Please call 803.324.3277 to schedule your visit with us.