Dental Tips Blog

Apr
17

What Can You Eat with a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

You want to protect your new dental crown and make sure it lasts you many years. But neither do you want to give up your favorite goodies. With a few precautions, you can continue eating with dental crown as you normally do.

Eating with a Temporary Cap

Temporary crowns are made of plastic and do not fit like permanent restorations. They just protect your tooth until the final crown is ready. You should avoid letting crunchy or chewy foods get near your temporary crown. It’s not the end of the world, but it is annoying if it does come off.

Foods to Avoid with a New Crown

Don’t eat or drink for about 30 minutes after getting your permanent crown. This helps the cement to set firmly. Stay away from hard or sticky foods for the first 24 hours.

Watch your sugar intake – your crowned tooth is still just as prone to getting cavities.

Be very cautious about using a crowned front tooth to bite into tough foods. Sandwiches are fine, but whole apples, corn-on-the-cob, and biting meat off BBQ ribs could put jeopardize your tooth. A crowned tooth will never be as strong as a natural one, so you do need to be careful.

What About Staining Foods?

Your new crown shouldn’t pick up too much stain. The issue though is that it can’t get any lighter in color. It’s made to match your other teeth at the time your dentist places it. If you ever want to bleach your teeth, you can’t expect the crown to lighten as well.

Still have some more questions about your new crown? Contact your dentist before the procedure to find out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Dec
26

3 Tips to Keep Dental Crowns Lasting Longer

Posted in Crowns

You just got a new crown on a badly damaged tooth. Now your tooth looks great, feels great, and there’s nothing else to worry about. Right? Actually, there is. You want to be sure that you care for your crown properly each and every day to help it last its longest. Here are 3 tips to help you get the most out of your new crown:

Floss Around it Daily 

Did you know that cavities could develop around the edges of your crown, where tooth enamel is exposed? That’s why it is still extremely important to keep your crowned tooth clean – just like your other teeth! Wrap your floss snuggly around the crown and slide up and down below the gumlines. Repeat this several times. Floss at least once every day. Because crowns may tend to collect more plaque at their gumlines, flossing is essential! 

Brush Gently Along the Margin

Scrubbing too aggressively around your crown can make your gums recede, leaving exposed enamel or root surface along the gumlines. If you don’t brush enough, then gingivitis will start to develop. Ask your hygienist to show you what angle and amount of pressure should be used when brushing around your crown. 

Schedule Regular Cleanings and Exams

Routine check-ups can ensure that your crown will last as long as possible. If tartar or stain buildup is forming around it, it can be removed at this time to keep your crown beautiful and strong.

Thanks to quality crown materials, your new restoration can look just like a real tooth! Take these important steps to keep your smile beautiful for years at a time.

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513

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