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The dental crown restoration provided at RK Dentistry is designed to replace your damaged, decayed or cosmetically unappealing tooth with an alternative material. While the crown itself is immune to the bacterial threat of tooth decay, its longevity can still be threatened by other oral hygiene issues.

Complications from untreated periodontal disease can still pose a threat to the long-term integrity of your crown. This condition, which is known as periodontitis, can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, creating small pockets of infection in your gums.

The constant bacterial presence near the root of the tooth can give the bacteria direct access to the seam where your crown is cemented to the abutment. This could potentially start to weaken the cement holding the crown to the abutment.

If given enough time untreated periodontal disease can even cause a loss of the bone structure that anchors the abutments to your jaw. This could cause the core of the tooth to come loose or it could result in the abutment breaking off inside the gumline.

Dr. Richard J. Koeltl advocates brushing your teeth and the crown twice per day. This should be followed up by flossing the crown once a day with the rest of your natural teeth. If you do have some tartar buildup on your teeth or if you develop gum disease issues, the problem can often be treated with a dental cleaning and checkup at RK Dentistry.  

If you live in Danville, California, and you’d like additional advice on how to maintain your crown and good oral hygiene, you should call 925-736-4201 to speak to a member of the staff at RK Dentistry.