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Your new dental crown is essentially a replica of the tooth enamel layer of your previously decayed or damaged tooth. The material it is made from is not vulnerable to the direct effects of tooth decay. However, it will still need to be included in your daily oral hygiene routine to prevent other oral health complications.

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 holding the crown to the abutment.

Chronic periodontitis can even cause the loss of bone structure that anchors the abutments to your jaw. This could cause the core of the tooth to come loose or it could result in the abutment breaking off inside the gumline.

To prevent these complications, your dentist, Dr. Paul Vartabedian, advocates brushing the crown and the rest of your teeth twice each day. Then you should floss your teeth and gumline each night after you’re done eating for the day.

Your twice-annual dental checkup at Paul Vartabedian, DDS includes a thorough cleaning procedure. This will remove hardened tartar and allow our team to monitor the health of your gums and the integrity of your crown.

If you have questions or concerns about the best way to clean and maintain your new dental crown in Lakeport, California, you can always call Paul Vartabedian, DDS at 707-263-1496 for further insights.