There’s no argument about the fact that crowns are expensive (and we’re not talking about the diamond-encrusted kind). A crown can cost anywhere from $500 to $3,000 per tooth, and dental insurance might cover around 50 percent of the cost if the crown is needed for medical, not cosmetic, reasons.
A crown is a cap that is placed on the tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and appearance. Crowns can be made of metal such as gold or another type of alloy, ceramic, porcelain or resin. Regardless of the material, here are some tips on how to take good care of your crown — or crowns — so they last for a very long time.
- Brushing your teeth morning and evening is imperative. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and pay special attention to the crown area itself where the gum meets the tooth. This will keep your crown clean and bacteria-free.
- Gently floss every day. Instead of lifting the floss from between the teeth, slide it out to avoid potential damage to the crown.
- Rinse your mouth daily with an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash.
- Try to avoid chewy and sticky foods, which can grab and pull at the crown such as chewing gum, caramel, gummy bears, taffy, raisins, etc.
- Try to avoid hard foods that can crack or break the crown, including hard raw vegetables such as carrots, popcorn, and hard candies such as jawbreakers.
- Don’t chew on ice.
- Be sure to see your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings. This will ensure that your crowns continue to remain in good working order.
Take care of the crowns as diligently as you take care of your natural teeth. If you have any questions, contact Enlighten Dental Care at (336) 765-0904.