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4 Tips to Care for Your Dental Crowns

Getting a Dental Crown near Fairview?

Dental crowns are highly effective in the repair and restoration of your teeth. They can help correct cosmetic issues , fix damaged or fractured teeth, and restore the strength, function, and appearance of natural teeth.  Although placing a dental crown is a relatively simple procedure, you still need to care for them to prevent future dental problems from occuring.  Here are 5 tips you need to know to ensure they are properly cared for, and to extend its lifespan.

Tip 1: Foods to avoid following a crown procedure

Following placing your dental crown, you should avoid some foods and drinks to protect the dental crowns and overall health of your teeth. Prolonging the lifespan of both your artificial and natural teeth require looking into what foods you should avoid. 

  • Sticky foods – Foods like caramel, chocolates, and candy can trap bacteria and plaque beneath opalescent dental crowns. These sticky foods create a vacuum-like effect within your mouth and decrease your ability to clean your teeth underneath the crown.
  • Hard foods – If you regularly consume hard foods, it is possible that they will dislodge your crowns. The crowns are not designed to withstand the stress of chewing on hard foods, which may cause them to break or come loose over time. 
  • Sugary foods – Foods with high sugar content can cause a buildup of plaque below the gum-line – a stain that’s visible on teeth. Sugar can harm your teeth, even when you don’t directly ingest any. If not removed from the mouth, it can weaken the integrity of your enamel and lead to tooth decay.
  • Acidic foods and drinks – Prolonged exposure to acidic foods and beverages may cause the protective enamel on your teeth to erode. Dental crowns cover the surface of damaged teeth however,  some areas of your tooth are still exposed to acid. This may cause deterioration in those areas. If you must consume an acidic beverage, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards to neutralize the acid and prevent further damage.

Tip 2: Have Regular Dental Exams

Whether or not you have dental crowns, it’s important to have routine check-ups and dental cleanings to ensure your teeth and crowns are in good shape. By staying proactive with regularly scheduled dental visits, Dr. Feng can spot any potential problems that require treatment before minor issues become big issues. With proper dental oral hygiene and regular dental exams, dental crowns can last 10 years or longer.  

Tip 3: Treat Bruxism (teeth clenching) if Necessary

Bruxism is characterized by the unconscious clenching or grinding while you sleep. It causes major damage to your teeth over time if not treated because of the excessive pressure. If you suffer from bruxism, it’s important to address this prior to getting a new crown, otherwise your new crown may get damaged. Dr. Feng can create a custom-made oral appliance such as a nightguard or an oral splint that reduces the stress and protects your teeth.

An oral appliance may be a solution for you where Dr. Feng can fabricate a custom-made oral appliance that provides support for your teeth and jaw. This device cushions the teeth and places the jaw in a more favorable position that helps prevent excessive tooth grinding or clenching, which can wear down restorations over time.  

Tip 4: Practice good oral hygiene

Even though your dental crown won’t get a cavity, it doesn’t mean they are maintenance-free. The best way to keep your crowns in top-notch condition is to practice good dental hygiene such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using antibacterial mouthwash. Some may think that flossing is unnecessary however, not flossing is where plaque and bacteria can build up around the base of a tooth, which may cause tooth decay and gum disease. When flossing, the best way to floss is with a gentle sliding motion as you slide it between your teeth and below the crown margin to clean the gap between the crown edge and tooth.

Ready to Get Started? Here’s How….

To learn more about getting a dental crown, schedule an appointment at our Fairview, TX office. As your family dentist, Dr. Feng would be happy to go over treatment options that would fit your needs and goals.

To schedule an appointment to get started, please call (972) 468-1440 or visit our website to book an appointment. We can’t wait to help you achieve your dental goals!