A dental crown is designed to restore the full function and appearance of a tooth that has been compromised by fracture, damage or tooth decay. While it is made from artificial materials that will not decay, it is still vulnerable to gum disease.
Without brushing and flossing twice a day, residual food particles and plaque can harden into tartar near the gumline. This introduces a constant bacterial presence to your gums, which greatly contributes to the development of gum disease. In time, this can pose a variety of threats to the long-term integrity of your crown.
The deep infection and inflammation in the gum tissue allows bacteria to access the seam where your crown is cemented to the abutment. This could weaken the cement that is holding the crown in place.
This can also allow the bacteria to attack the sensitive abutment that is anchoring your crown. Chronic, advanced periodontal disease can even result in the loss the bone structure that anchors the abutments to your jaw.
The regular dental checkup performed by your dentist, Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh, includes an extensive cleaning treatment. This will effectively remove any lingering tarter and monitor the health of your gums as well as the integrity of the crown.
If you have questions about how to adequately care for your crown, you can always call Legacy Trails Dental in Plano, Texas, at 214-227-1000 for further advice.