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5 Tips to Care for Your Dental Crowns

Getting a Dental Crown in Allen, TX?

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, the question many patients wonder how exactly should you care for your porcelain crown.  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

In order for your new crown to heal properly, you will need to restrict yourself from eating or drinking certain foods and doing certain actions for the next week or so. Otherwise, you may compromise the integrity of your crown.

After your procedure, avoid rinsing with anything for the first 12 hours and keeping your tongue and fingers away from the area to ensure the blood clot stays intact and heals your mouth. For the first 24 hours, you will need to avoid all hot liquids and solids following your dental crown procedure. You may resume eating as soon as you feel comfortable with a soft diet such as mashed potatoes and applesauce. During this time, it is important that you do not use a straw for anything for the first 10 days after your procedure.  When you do eventually return to solid foods, it is recommended that you chew on the opposite side of your mouth that doesn’t have a crown until the discomfort dissipates.

Tip 2: Have Regular Dental Exams

Whether you have dental crowns or not, 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 small issues become big issues.  With proper dental oral hygiene and regular dental exams, dental crowns can last from 15 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 due to the excessive pressure.  If you do suffer from bruxism, it’s important to address this prior to getting a new crown.  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: Avoid foods that damage your crown

Contrary to popular belief, crowns are not impervious to damage.  It is recommended to be conscious of the foods you consume and remember your crown is made from a strong durable material, but it is not indestructible.  Crowns may become worn if exposed to too much stress. When eating foods that could potentially be harmful, keep in mind that chewing forces can damage the crown’s structure over time. Avoid foods such as hard candies, nuts, chewing gum, crisp raw vegetables and popcorn to name a few.

Tip 5: 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 by practicing good dental hygiene and preventive dental care such as regular cleaning routine of brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using antibacterial mouthwash.   Some may think that flossing is not necessary however not flossing is where plaque and bacteria can build up around the base of a tooth, which may tooth decay as well as gum disease.  The best way to use dental 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!