If you have an extensively damaged or decayed tooth with limited tooth structure remaining —Dr. Rich Flores will most likely recommend a dental crown to restore your tooth. Rich Flores, DDS, LLC in Willoughby, Ohio, uses zirconia dental crowns because of their excellent combination of esthetic beauty which mimics lifelike tooth color, with optimal performance and durability. Moreover, zirconia dental crowns pose no health risks because of their biocompatibility.
How to care for your dental crowns
Although zirconia is incredibly durable and corrosion-resistant, it’s still vital to maintain your restorations to preserve the function and esthetics of your smile. Dr. Flores shares handy tips to keep your dental crowns looking their best.
- Vigilant daily hygiene: Brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once daily, preferably in the morning when you wake up, and before bedtime. Be diligent around the gum line since food debris will likely get stuck in this area. The tooth underneath the crown is still vulnerable to oral problems. Optimal oral hygiene maintains the health of your teeth, preserving the integrity of your crowns
- Cosmetics: With today’s latest advancements in technology, patients no longer have to settle for ugly gold or metal crowns. Almost 100% of the crowns completed in our office are tooth colored with the strength and durability of metal.
- Mouth guards: Do you constantly grind your teeth at night? Are you active in contact sports? We recommend wearing a custom mouthguard to protect your crowns from damage. A dental splint creates a protective barrier between your teeth and the external environment to keep your smile damage-free
- Kick out bad oral habits: Don’t use your teeth to bite fingernails, open packages, or chew hard objects. Although your dental crowns are strong, they aren’t indestructible. Avoid habits that can chip or dislodge your dental crowns
- Bi-annual dental appointments: Remember to see your dentist at least twice a year or sooner if you are at risk of cavities and gum disease. During dental exams, we inspect your mouth, including your dental work. If we find problems with your crown, we initiate prompt remedial care to protect your teeth
If your dental crown shows signs of wear and tear, call your dentist immediately to prevent further damage to your tooth.
Reclaim your healthy, damage-free smile with dental crowns
Dental crowns are incredibly versatile in restoring your smile and helping fix multiple cosmetic and functional flaws. If you are interested in dental crowns, please call (440) 856-8774 to talk to Rich Flores, DDS, LLC.
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