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How to Care For And Maintain Your Ceramic Teeth

How to Care For And Maintain Your Ceramic Teeth

Did you know that your ceramic dental crown can last up to 15 years with the proper care and hygiene? Yet, the average lifespan of a ceramic dental crown is less than half of that. Most wearers begin to take their dental crown for granted after a while, neglecting it and precipitating its decay.

To ensure that your ceramic dental crown protects your tooth for as long as it is designed to, you may have to kick certain habits and adopt better ones. Ways to take care of your ceramic teeth include:

  • Avoid certain foods
  • Brush and floss often
  • Do not misuse your teeth
  • Wear a nightguard
  • Visit your dentist often 

For all your dental services and needs, choose Dr. Korol Dental. Our dentistry team’s obsession with biocompatible and ceramic dentistry means that we only practise the safest procedures and only use non-toxic materials, including for your dental crown and bridge. Because your oral health is intimately related to your overall well-being, you deserve a holistic approach to dentistry.

5 ways to take care of your ceramic dental crown

Ceramic is not the only material for dental crowns, but it is certainly one of the best. Unlike crowns made of metal, ceramic crowns are toxin-free and are a perfect solution for people with metal allergies. 

Ceramic crowns do have a reputation for being slightly less durable than metal crowns. This perception, however, is debatable. With proper care and oral hygiene, ceramic crowns can last just as long as the most durable dental crowns out there. 

Here is what you can do to extend the longevity of your ceramic crown:

  • Avoid sticky and hard foods: Both of these foods can damage your ceramic crowns, as well as your natural teeth, in their own way. Repeatedly chewing on hard foods, such as ice and hard candies, can wear down your crown. Sticky foods, on the other hand, can get stuck in your teeth, weakening or loosening your crown over time. While you can definitely indulge yourself in decadent sweets once in a while, you should consider cutting down your overall intake of foods that fall into these categories.   
  • Brush and floss every day: You may think that a crown does not need to be brushed or flossed; after all, it is not a real tooth. While the crown itself does not need to be cleaned save for aesthetic reasons, the same cannot be said for the tooth that it is protecting underneath. Neglecting your brushing and flossing just because you have artificial teeth in your mouth is a surefire way to get plaques and cavities. In fact, you should probably take care of your teeth even more carefully as germs and food particles can often get trapped in the openings around the crowns. 
  • Use your teeth for their intended purpose: If you have a habit of using your teeth to tear apart packaging or open up jars or bottles, you should probably stop. This practice is highly damaging to your crown (not to mention your real teeth) and is almost guaranteed to cut its lifespan short. 
  • Wear a nightguard: You may be able to control your bad habits when you are awake. But what about when you are asleep? If you grind your teeth or chew your nails in your sleep, you may consider wearing a nightguard to make this involuntary habit less destructive to your crown. Ask your dentist to take an impression of your teeth and create a customized night guard for you. 
  • See your dentist regularly: It should not be surprising that your best tool for prolonging the effectiveness of your crown is your dentist. Visiting your dentist once or twice a year gives them the chance to adjust your crown to ensure optimal fit on your tooth. Having your teeth cleaned by a dentist is just plain good dental practice too, as your crown will not prevent you from accumulating plaque.  

If you take care of your ceramic crown correctly, you will ensure its effectiveness and longevity. Not only will it last as long as some of the toughest metal crowns on the market, it is also a completely biocompatible material that will never damage your health. 

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Your ceramic teeth can carry you for up to 15 years if you take good care of them. Maintaining them is not difficult; the basics of oral care are more than sufficient to keep your ceramic crown strong and in place. 

Your ceramic crown can easily become a long-term solution for your damaged tooth if you:

  • Avoid sticky and hard foods
  • Regularly brush and floss 
  • Use your teeth properly
  • Wear a nightguard
  • Visit the dentist  

If you want to learn more on how to protect and maintain your ceramic crown or to explore our biocompatible dental services for your oral health care, get in touch with Dr. Korol Dental by calling 403-245-9099 or by filling out the online contact form

FAQs

Q: How much is a ceramic crown?
A: The cost of a ceramic crown depends on the tooth and on the treatment necessary to prepare the tooth. A ceramic crown can cost anywhere between $2,000 to $3,000. 

Q: What is a partial crown?
A: A partial crown covers only some of the cusps of the tooth, but not the entire tooth. A partial crown is effective for restoring function to a moderately damaged tooth. 

Q: What is biocompatible dentistry?
A: Dentists practising biocompatible dentistry avoid using harmful and toxic materials such as mercury, fluoride, and certain metals that are often used by other dentists. Biocompatible solutions only use organic products or materials that are otherwise not harmful to the body. 

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