Dental Tips Blog

Mar
6

Caring For Your Crown

Posted in Crowns

You’ve just received your permanent, custom crown. Now you’re wondering how to keep it in great shape so that it will last as long as possible. Typically, you can treat your crown as though it were a natural tooth, but there are a few things to keep in mind:

Temporary Sensitivity

The tooth that was restored might be mildly sensitive for a week or two.  In order to prepare your tooth for the crown, the tooth had to be reduced in size, which may cause some nerve sensitivity. Any discomfort you may experience is typically mild and should any pain management be needed, it can be achieved with over the counter medications.

Uncomfortable Bite

When a tooth is restored with a dental crown, your dentist carefully adjusts the crown and checks to insure that your bite is correct.  Should you notice that your bite is uncomfortable or feels off in any way, please contact your dentist for an evaluation and adjustment, if needed.

Avoid Sticky, Hard Foods

The cement used to apply your crown cures over several hours. While the cement holds the crown on very securely, some caution should be observed when eating for the first day.  Avoid sticky foods that might grab and loosen the crown, such as caramel or chewing gum.  Hard foods may also dislodge the restoration at first.  Foods such as raw vegetables and hard candy should be avoided for a day or two.

Good Oral Hygiene

Where the crown meets the tooth, decay can still develop.  It’s important to practice good oral hygiene to prevent future dental problems form occurring.  Remember to floss around your crown daily to keep it clean. Don’t worry about it pulling your crown out, as it won’t cause any problems as long as the crown is secure.

Posted on behalf of:
Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 240-5559

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