Instructions for dental crowns and veneers
Brushing performed twice a day and the daily cleaning of interdental areas using dental floss or specially designed toothbrushes, are extremely important in the case of crowns or dental veneers. These hygiene measures remove a layer of sticky bacteria called plaque.
Plaque and tartar are main factors responsible for the occurrence of periodontal disease and tooth decay. It is your responsibility to properly sanitize all surfaces of the teeth every day, to ensure a long life to your prosthetic restorations as well as to your natural teeth.
Particular attention should be given to removing plaque from the crown edges (the place where the crown meets the tooth). Crown edges placed above the gum margins are easier to brush and keep clean, preventing caries and periodontal disease. On the other hand, such an edge is observed easily, which results in poor aesthetics, so most of the time they are placed in-gum to be hidden from the eye.
In time, however, because of the normal bone and gingival resorption that occurs, these edges may become visible. This is physiological and it happens with age but sometimes retraction can be accelerated especially due to excessive or inefficient brushing, so a correct brushing can maintain the aesthetic of the dental restoration and significantly increases their life.