- Practice good oral hygiene – brush twice a day and floss once daily. Using interdental brushes, brushes that slide between teeth, can help clean the hard to reach areas around your implant.
- Quit smoking – smoking can weaken the bone structure and can contribute to crown failure.
- Visit your dentist – cleanings and exams every six months can help ensure your crowns are in good condition, and that it stays that way.
- Avoid chewing on hard foods – don’t chew on hard items such as ice and hard candy because they can break the crown and your natural teeth.
Same tips for implants. If you are considering implants, you must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. If your bone is too thin or soft and unable to support an implant, you may require a bone graft. Or if there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, you may require a sinus lift.
As a rule of thumb, while implants, crowns, and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown is to practice good oral hygiene. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Dr C Florin Arhiri, DMD, strongly recommends his patients regular checkups and professional cleanings.
To prevent damage to your new implant, crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects. Contact our office in Berwyn, suburb Philadelphia, if you have questions about your oral hygiene.