How Can I Properly Take Care of My Dental Crowns?

By: Dr. Junée F. Gardy


Dental crowns are a popular restoration option – they improve the appearance of your smile and the strength of your teeth. Though crowns are made from durable materials and should last for many years, it’s important to take care of them properly, just like you would your natural teeth.

Below, Dr. Junée F. Gardy describes why dental crowns are necessary and provides some tips on how to care for them long-term. Call Junée F. Gardy DDS, PA to schedule a dental check-up or consultation in Naples, FL. We hope to provide the best solutions that work for you and your smile.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are caps made from materials like porcelain or zirconia. They restore teeth that have been worn down or damaged by decay or trauma. Dentists generally choose crowns when options like fillings are not enough to cover the tooth.

Crowns are sometimes used as part of a dental bridge, a restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. You may need a bridge if you have one or more missing teeth in a row and want to avoid permanent implants. During treatment, the crowns are placed over the teeth at both ends of the gap.

How do you clean dental caps?

Cleaning dental crowns is just like cleaning your natural teeth with brushing and flossing. Use gentle circular motions when brushing the crown and where it meets the gumline. Some people use water flossers to clean hard-to-reach areas around the restorations.

What are the best toothpaste and floss for crowns?

When it comes to choosing toothpaste, look for products that have an official seal from the American Dental Association (ADA). This means the product contains fluoride and has been rigorously tested and proven to be safe and effective.

Some toothpaste and flosses are designed for people with crowns. These products may be more effective at removing plaque and bacteria from around the area. Talk to Dr. Gardy about which products we recommend for your needs in Naples, FL.

Are there any other special considerations for dental crowns?

While crowns are very durable, they are not indestructible. Avoid biting your nails, eating hard candy, and chewing on ice cubes or other hard objects. These habits put unnecessary stress on your crowns and cause them to break or become loose.

Those who participate in contact sports should purchase a mouthguard to protect their teeth, gums, and crowns. If a dental cap does become damaged, call Junée F. Gardy DDS, PA right away so we can make the necessary repairs.

How often do you need to see the dentist for dental crowns?

Dr. Gardy should be seen twice a year for professional teeth cleanings and dental exams. These appointments are the perfect opportunity to have your restorations checked for signs of wear and tear. We can also clean around the base of the crowns, where plaque and bacteria are prone to build up.

Caring for your dental crowns

Crowns are an excellent way to restore the function and appearance of your smile. With proper care, they can last for many years. For more information about dental caps or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Junée F. Gardy, call Junée F. Gardy DDS, PA today. Our Naples, FL team understands the importance of a healthy and beautiful smile.

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