Dental Tips Blog

Oct
25

Caring For Your Porcelain Crown

Posted in Crowns

So, you just got a new pearly-white porcelain crown? Whether owing to decay or fracture, you chose to take a proactive approach and restore the tooth so that you can continue to use it. It’s now your responsibility to care well for this new investment. Carefully apply the tips listed here and check in often with your dentist to make sure your crown is staying in the best shape possible.

  • Your crown can be used as you would use your natural teeth – be sure you don’t use your crowned tooth in a way that would be unsafe for any other teeth! (i.e., opening cans and bottles, tearing threads and plastic tags, etc.)
  • Your crowned tooth (if no root canal therapy was performed) may be sensitive for a while after crown insertion. A sensitivity toothpaste may help relieve this.
  • Make sure to use enough fluoride via a rinse or paste to discourage decay around the crown.
  • Brush and floss regularly. Follow the dentist’s directions for safe flossing around a crown.
  • Remember that just because a tooth is crowned, it is not invincible! Proper brushing and flossing are still essential. It is possible for decay to develop under a crown at the margin.
  • Avoid chewing very sticky foods (like caramels) with the crowned tooth.
  • If you end up having some sensitivity on biting on the new crown, the height of it may need adjusting.
  • Using a water flosser may make it easier for you keep your crown and the surrounding gums clean.

After having a crown placed , stay in touch with your dentist so that you can continue caring for it for years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

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