Dental Health Partners

Can dental crowns get cavities?

Dental cavities in Mitchell, SD, result from an accumulation of plaque-causing bacteria on your teeth and gums, which have grown undisturbed by regular dental cleanings and a likely insufficient home care routine. As these bacteria build up, they produce a sticky film called plaque that layers and layers over time, hardening into gnarly deposits called tartar or calculus. As part of this process, bacteria release acids that eat away your tooth, leaving pits and holes we call cavities.

The good news about a dental crown is that its porcelain construction resists tooth decay, so this restoration is not susceptible to cavities. Dental crowns also don't stain like natural teeth when you consume certain foods or drinks. But, again, the high-grade porcelain ceramic from which dental crowns are made is extremely dense, so those bacteria and stain-causing compounds cannot penetrate.

How to Care for a Dental Crown

Though the bacteria in your mouth cannot infiltrate your dental crown, they may still build up and dull the appearance of your teeth. So, you should maintain your crown just like a natural tooth, brushing twice daily and flossing to remove food debris. Also, you'll want to maintain your periodic dental visits. Your dental crown may resist tooth cavities, but your adjoining teeth are still affected, and you want to protect them.

Additionally, your gums require protection from bacteria to prevent periodontal disease, which endangers the underlying foundation of all your teeth.

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