Dental Tips Blog

Apr
15

Caring for Your Dental Crown: Three Tips

Posted in Crowns

Your new crown looks so pristine. It was a good piece of work, too! After waiting patiently in the dental office, the finished product is here and you want to help it last for as long as possible.

Here’s what you need to do to make sure your crown stays in great shape:

  1. Brush and Floss Daily

Yes, your new cap has completely restored all the damage done to your tooth. But that’s hardly the end of the road. The edge of your crown where it meets your tooth is a vulnerable area that can still develop a cavity.

Besides this, your dental crown can still host some bacteria that irritate gum tissue and lead to problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

That’s why it’s so important to brush twice a day and carefully floss around your crown every day, too. Take note – flossing will not cause a healthy crown to fall off! If flossing is challenging, you may find that a water flosser is a good way to clean around it instead.

  1. No Hard Crunchy Foods

Just because your tooth looks and feels stronger with its new crown doesn’t mean it is tougher than your natural teeth. A habit of chewing on ice or other hard objects can quickly wear down a porcelain crown or even fracture it.

  1. Avoid Bruxism

Do you have the habit of grinding your teeth when you sleep, also known as bruxism?

Your dentist can place an extra strong type of crown to avoid wear. It might be a good idea to invest in a night guard to protect your other teeth as well.

Talk with your dentist about other ways you can get the most out of your new restoration.

Posted on behalf of:
Lakewood Dental Trails
10252 W Adams Ave
Temple, TX 76502
(254) 434-4035

Nov
18

Three Things to do When Your Crown is Loose

Posted in Crowns

You’re out of town and feel something funny. There it is again – your crown is loose. The one that you’ve had for over a decade and has never bothered you before. What is the first thing you should do, and do you need to find a dentist or just wait until you get back into town? Here are 3 things you need to do as soon as you can tell that your crown or other restoration is loose:

Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

If you’re out of town, call your dentist and set up a visit for the first day you get back into town. Your dentist can either recement the crown or make a plan to treat what is going on underneath it.

Use a temporary cement to hold your crown in place for a short period of time.

Nobody wants to go around without their crown, especially if you’re concerned about appearances or the tooth is sensitive. Head to your nearest drug store to pick up some temporary cement that can be used to hold your crown in place for a day or two, until you can get in to see your dentist.

If the crown won’t stay on, take it out.

You don’t want to accidentally bite down on your crown during a meal, breaking another tooth in the process. Keep your crown in a safe place such as a zip-top bag and bring it with you to the dentist during your appointment (you would be surprised how many people leave it at home.)

Most crowns come loose or fall of because of decay developing under it, or simply because the crown is very old. Regular dental check-ups can help you avoid a surprise loss of your crown and limit your investment in dental treatment in the future. See your dentist twice a year for preventive care visits and exams.

Posted on behalf of:
Juban Dental Care
8564 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
(225) 927-8663

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