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Your new crown restoration performed at Appalachian Dental’s Alcoa, Tennessee clinic has successfully replaced the enamel layer of your previously compromised tooth with an artificial material. While your new crown will not be susceptible to tooth decay, you will still need to practice consistent oral hygiene measures each day.

If hardened tartar forms near the gum line, it might lead to gum disease. This bacterial presence and inflammation in the gum can pose a threat to the long-term integrity of your crown. In time, the severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis can cause your gums to pull back from the base of your teeth creating small pockets of infection in your gums.

This can potentially allow bacteria direct access to the seam where your crown is cemented to the abutment. This can potentially start to weaken the cement holding the crown to the abutment.

On a long enough timeline, untreated periodontitis can even cause a loss of bone structure that anchor the abutments to your jaw. This could cause the core of the tooth to come loose or result in the abutment breaking off inside the gum line.

Our dentists advocate brushing your teeth as well as the crown twice each day. This should be followed up by flossing between each of your teeth as well as the crown, each evening. Be sure to work the strand into the gum line to clear away any stray food material and plaque before it can harden into tartar.

If you’ve had a crown restoration performed at Appalachian Dental’s Alcoa, Tennessee clinic and you have concerns about how to maintain good oral hygiene, you can always call 865-379-7555 to speak with a member of our staff.