Your new crown is made from artificial materials that will not decay due to the ravages of the bacteria in your mouth. At the same time, your crown is still vulnerable to the secondary effects of gum disease. As a result, it will still need considerate focus in your daily oral hygiene routine.
Residual food particles and plaque that are not removed by brushing and flossing can harden into tartar which is the primary cause of gum disease. The deep infection and inflammation in the gum tissues allow bacteria access to the seam where your crown is cemented to the abutment. This could weaken the cement holding your crown in place and cause it to come loose. It could also allow bacteria to cause decay in the sensitive abutment that anchoring your crown.
Left unchecked, gum disease can even cause a loss of bone structure where the abutment anchors to your jaw. This could result in the total loss of the root of the tooth.
The regular dental checkup performed by Dr. Garth Collins’s staff include an extensive cleaning procedure. This will effectively remove any lingering tartar while monitoring the health of your gums and the integrity of the crown.
If you have questions about how clean and care for your new crown, you should call Dr. Garth Collins’s office in Folsom, California at 916.985.2550 to seek further advice. We are always here to care for your smile!