Your new dental crown is made of artificial materials that are not vulnerable to tooth decay. However, your crown is still vulnerable to the secondary effects of gum disease. So, it will still need to be cleaned in your daily oral hygiene routine.
Residual food particles and plaque that are not removed on a regular basis can harden into tartar, which is the primary cause of gum disease. The deep infection and inflammation in the gum tissues allows bacteria to access the seam where your crown is cemented to the abutment. This could weaken the cement that is holding your crown in place and make it come loose. It could also promote tooth decay in the sensitive abutment that is anchoring your crown.
If left unchecked, gum disease can even cause the 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 offered at Regal Dentistry includes an extensive cleaning procedure. This will effectively remove any lingering tartar and will allow the dentist to monitor the health of your gums and the integrity of the crown.
If you have questions about how to clean and care for your new dental crown in Riverside, California, you should call Regal Dentistry at 951-643-4405 to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Joel Manalese.