Care of Your New Crown and the Surrounding Tooth Structure

Park Ridge Dentist

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Care of Your New Crown and the Surrounding Tooth Structure

With consistent, effective oral hygiene care your new crown and the supporting tooth structure can remain healthy for many years.
However, there are many risk factors that can lead to deterioration of the tooth structure that is at the margin (junction of tooth and crown) of your crown:
*Sugary, sticky foods
*Beverages with sugar or high acidity. Most beverages, plain herbal tea and coffee included, have acidity to cause loss of minerals from your teeth. Milk is not acidic. Tap water is best. Adding lemon to your water makes it acidic which is usually harmful to your teeth.
*Inadequate, inconsistent oral hygiene:

1. After eating or drinking, swish several times immediately with tap water. If available, swish for one minute with a fluoride rinse such as ACT Fluoride Rinse. It is recommended to wait at least 30 minutes after eating and/or drinking, to brush your teeth.

2. Abrasive toothpastes, especially tartar control and whitening, can be harsh on your enamel. However, all toothpastes and gels can remove tooth structure especially on your root surfaces. Root surfaces are half the hardness of enamel. What is recommended is to floss first, then brush with water only to remove your plaque and food. Then use a small amount of toothpaste (preferably Pronamel, Sensodyne or Arm & Hammer toothpastes are a lot less abrasive than Crest/Colgate/Aquafresh) and brush lightly.

*Dry mouth – lack of adequate saliva is one of the most significant risk factors in developing cavities. Drink plenty of tap water. The recommended amount of water to drink is half of your body weight, i.e. 140 lb person should drink 70 ounces water which is about 8 ½ glasses!

*Many medications can weaken the teeth. Inhalers for asthma are highly acidic. Many medications have the side effect of reducing your saliva. If you feel thirsty, you are probably 50% dehydrated!

*Fluoride is highly beneficial to your teeth at any age. We recommend to use a prescription remineralizing toothpaste at night which is available here. An in-office fluoride treatment is very beneficial as it loads up the fluoride reservoir within the sub layer of your teeth. An over the counter fluoride rinse (ACT, Crest Complete Care, Listerine Total Care) is also recommended for daytime use.

With effective, consistent care – your crown and surrounding tooth structure should remain healthy for a long time. We are always here to assist you with this!

Providing Relief from Periodontal Disease

Dentist in Park Ridge

Dentist in Park RidgeOver 45% of U.S. adults have moderate to severe periodontal disease. Periodontal disease ranges from a mild inflammation of the gum tissues to periodontitis, a major oral disease that can result in soft tissue and bone damage and even tooth loss.  Our experienced dentist is providing periodontal treatments to both new and existing patients who are suffering from any form of periodontal (gum) disease.

One of the major causes of gum disease is practicing poor oral hygiene habits. Daily brushing and flossing and regular professional exams and cleanings are essential to maintaining optimal oral health. When these practices are not followed, plaque can form on the teeth and along the gumline. If this plaque is not properly removed, it may harden over time and become tartar. Once that occurs, only a dental professional can remove the tartar from teeth.

If gum disease is not treated in a timely manner, tartar may continue to build. When this occurs, the gum disease may advance. Gums redden, swell, and become prone to bleeding from normal activities, such as brushing or eating. At this point, professional periodontal treatment is needed to prevent the disease from advancing further.

When periodontal disease is not treated in a timely manner, it may become periodontitis. Periodontitis is the most advanced form of periodontal disease. With periodontitis, gums begin to pull away from the teeth, creating small “pockets” along the gumline. These spaces are highly difficult to clean without professional intervention and can lead to rapid worsening in overall oral health. Without prompt and thorough treatment, bone, gums, and soft tissues may be destroyed by periodontitis. One of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease.

Some of the most common factors that contribute to periodontal disease developing include poor oral hygiene habits, diabetes, smoking, and female hormonal changes. Some medications can cause gum tissue to develop abnormal tissues, which can increase difficulty in proper cleaning of the teeth. People who are receiving treatment for AIDS are also at increased risk of developing periodontal disease.

Our doctor has the training and experience to diagnose and treat every stage of periodontal disease. If you have symptoms of periodontal disease, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Some symptoms include: chronic halitosis (bad breath), sensitive teeth, red or swollen gums, sensitive or bleeding gums, and difficulty or pain with chewing. Our dentist provides excellent periodontal care for our patients, and welcomes new patient consultations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our office.