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Dr. Michael J Leahy and our team strive to provide custom-made dental crowns to restore the function and appearance of our patients’ smiles. To make your dental crown resistant to the bacteria in your smile, we use artificial materials that cannot be decayed. However, this does not mean your smile won’t be vulnerable to other dental problems. You can keep your smile in good shape with proper care by you and our dentist, Dr. Michael J Leahy.

If you don’t remove all of the plaque and food particles in your smile with a toothbrush and floss, they can harden into tartar, the primary cause of gum disease. Bacteria can access the area where your crown meets the abutment through deep gum inflammation and infection, resulting in the cement that anchors your crown weakening and coming loose. This allows the bacteria to infect the area and cause decay.

Untreated, gum disease causes the destruction of the bone structure where the abutment is supported, leading to the loss of the tooth’s root.

As part of the regular dental checkups we perform at our office, we include deep dental cleaning for any lingering tartar that your toothbrush didn’t catch. Our team at our office in Columbus, Ohio will also evaluate the health of your gums and dental crown.

To learn more about the best methods to care for your dental crown and to address any health concerns, call 614-848-4900 to get in contact with our team at Michael J Leahy DDS and arrange your consultation with our dentist.