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Crown restorations performed at Dr. Nitya Balan’s Cedar Park, Texas, clinic, are designed to fully replace the enamel layer of a tooth that has been fractured or suffers from a large cavity. They are also used as part of a root canal restoration.

Dr. Nitya Balan typically has crowns created (at an off-site dental lab) from special dental grade materials like gold, base metals, or porcelain-ceramic. This makes the crown itself invulnerable to the bacterial influence of tooth decay. Yet it is still susceptible to dental trauma and complications from untreated gum disease.

It’s best to break bad habits like nibbling on pens and pencils and opening packaging with your teeth. If you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis, you should sleep with a dental guard. Any of these things can chip or fracture a crown.

Severely untreated gum disease can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming small pockets of infection near the roots of the abutment. The continual bacterial presence in this area can weaken the seam where the crown is cemented in place, causing it to fall out.

As time goes by, untreated gum disease could even result in a loss of bone structure that anchors the abutments to your jaw. This could cause the core of the tooth to come loose or result in the abutment breaking off inside the gum line.

It’s wise to brush the crown and the rest of your teeth twice each day. You should also floss your teeth and gum line each night, after you’re done eating for the day. Waxed dental floss will slide into any hard-to-clean areas between the crown and the gum line.

Your bi-annual dental exam at Dr. Nitya Balan’s clinic includes a thorough dental cleaning procedure. This will remove hardened tartar while also monitoring the health of your gums and the integrity of your crown.

If you’ve had a crown restoration at Dr. Nitya Balan’s Cedar Park, Texas, clinic, and you have a concern, you can always call 512.260.8330 to schedule an exam or consultation appointment.