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At Christiansburg Dental in Christiansburg, Virginia, Dr. Miller Lewis and Dr. David Kelly offer dental crowns for our patients who have damaged teeth. What are some of the reasons you might need a dental crown? If you have a dental implant, an unsightly shaped tooth, a large filling with not enough tooth material to fill, a bridge, or just a fractured tooth, you might benefit from a dental crown restoration.

Dental crowns are highly durable tooth replacement options. They can make a tooth look new again and stabilize your smile in a bridge or dental implant. You will want to take good care of them to prevent them coming loose or falling out. Today we are going to look at three ways you can ensure a healthy environment for a long-lasting crown.

#1 Oral Hygiene: believe it or not, if your teeth and gums aren’t in good shape, they can affect your new crown. You will want to brush (twice a day) and floss your teeth daily, especially the area where the gum meets the tooth. You are still prone to gum disease and tooth decay otherwise. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash will benefit your teeth and the gums around your crown. If you are prone to cavities, using a fluoride containing toothpaste can help make the teeth stronger.

#2 Oral Habits: you will want to care for your new crown (and your teeth) by practicing good oral habits daily. This means using your teeth to bite and chew, not as nail trimmers or package openers. Even crunching ice or eating hard foods should be avoided if you want to keep your teeth and crown strong.

#3 Oral Maintenance: maintain good oral hygiene with regular six-month professional dental cleanings. Not only will we remove tartar from your smile to prevent gum disease and tooth decay but we will also check your crown to make sure it is functioning properly.

If you have questions about your new dental crown or would like to know more about receiving a crown restoration, we invite you to give our Christiansburg Dental team a call today at 540-257-6995. Dr. Miller Lewis and Dr. David Kelly are here to help our patients in the Christiansburg, Virginia, area, have healthy, beautiful smiles to last a lifetime!