Caring for Your Dental Crowns and Bridges: Tips for Long-Term Maintenance

Caring for Your Dental Crowns and Bridges: Tips for Long-Term Maintenance

Crowns and bridges repair and restore your smile. The dental crown saves a damaged tooth from loss or extraction, while a dental bridge replaces a lost tooth or teeth.

These are vital restorations that allow for smile function and aesthetics.

Let’s explore what crowns and bridges are, how they can work together and tips for long-term maintenance.

What Are Dental Crowns?

In their most known capacity, dental crowns are caps or covers that fit over treated teeth. These caps are customised to match unrestored teeth in shape and shade. Your dentist in Warriewood crowns your tooth if it is damaged and at risk or if it has recently been treated for a root canal infection.

Patients sometimes choose dental crowns to conceal tooth flaws like chips, shape abnormalities or discolouration.

The Dental Crown Treatment also works in tooth replacement. It acts as your new tooth by capping a dental implant post. Additionally, two dental crowns secure your dental bridge to healthy neighbouring teeth to complete your smile when teeth are missing.

What Is a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is one or two artificial teeth situated between tooth crowns. The crowns cap healthy adjacent teeth on either side of your smile gap. This allows the artificial teeth to fill in the space. As with tooth crowns, your dental bridge is customised to look natural and blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Sometimes, your dentist may use dental implants to secure your bridge if neighbouring teeth are not healthy enough to support the prosthetic.

Caring for Dental Crowns

Fortunately, caring for dental crowns is simple. You’ll not have to purchase supplies or add additional steps to your oral care routine.

To keep your crowns healthy and beautiful, we recommend the following:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily.
  • Floss your teeth at least once daily.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checks and cleans.
  • Never bite directly into sticky taffy or candy with your crowned tooth.
  • Never use your teeth or crowns to twist open caps or for similar undertakings.
  • Wear a mouthguard if you participate in athletics.
  • Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth.
  • Always consult your dentist if your crown feels loose or you notice a crack.
  • Never hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions.

Caring for Your Dental Bridge

For the best results, you should use a special cleaning brush to keep your dental bridge clean. Additionally, you should consider a floss threader or Waterpik to keep debris from accumulating under the bridge and at the gumline.

A member of our dental team can talk to you about these items and show you how to use them correctly.

Be sure to follow many of the same guidelines for bridge care as for dental crown upkeep. Brush, floss and continue seeing your dentist regularly.

Restorations, Prosthetics and Gum Health

With restorations and prosthetics, the goal is to keep your mouth clean to avoid restoration or prosthetic failure due to gum inflammation and oral infections.

Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and negatively impact your dental work and overall wellness. Dental care and excellent oral hygiene can mitigate your risks.

The team at United Dental Clinic want you to enjoy your restorations and keep them in top shape for years to come.

Your Warriewood Dentist Welcomes Your Call

If you have a damaged crown or bridge or are considering restorative dentistry in Warriewood and the Northern Beaches area, we encourage you to contact our dental office today to book a consultation with the dentist.

Remember to ask a team member about our current specials and packages!