Posted on 12/15/2019 by Water's Edge Dental
|When a tooth has become infected and needs a root canal, the most common restorative method is to implement a dental crown. Dental crowns are devices that restore the tooth to its natural appearance and also help promote good oral hygiene.
Moreover, dental crowns are needed to stop reinfection of the tissue underneath a tooth once a root canal has been performed. Dental crowns can be made of various materials such as ceramics, metal alloys, and porcelain. However, porcelain is usually used to give the tooth a more natural appearance.
Though porcelain is a great material for making a tooth look natural, it stains more easily than a natural tooth. This is because porcelain is a more permeable material than the enamel of teeth. Because dental crowns are more easily stained, people often experience their crown becoming darker than the teeth that surround it. Though staining is unavoidable in most situations, there are measures that you can take to keep your crown from losing its whiteness as quickly.
Steps You Can TakeThe first measure to take is to stay away from foods and drinks that cause staining. Foods that are heavily dyed with artificial colors can make crowns change color because they will absorb the color. If you eat a lot of foods with artificial red dye, it could turn your crown a dull shade of red over time. Drinks to avoid include coffee, tea, or other dark liquids. We understand you may need your coffee or tea in the morning, so try drinking them from a straw to avoid the liquid touching your teeth.
Another measure you can take is proper dental hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing at least twice a day as well as scheduling regular teeth cleanings at our office. For the latter, we can help you set up an appointment. Just give us a call, and we'll be happy to help!