When you have a cracked, chipped, or decaying tooth, you might need a dental crown. In some cases, a large cavity or an old filling might also require a crown to fix it. There are many other situations for which Dr. Richards at Comprehensive Dental Care recommends patients get a crown. Once you have one, you want to be sure to take care of it by incorporating the following actions into your daily routine.
It is generally a good idea to maintain proper oral hygiene, especially if you have dental crowns. This includes regular brushing and flossing. Be careful when you brush, as excessive force might lead to gum recession, which can expose the substructure of the crown and weaken it. An oral irrigator might also help you to clean between teeth. Additionally, you want to get regular check ups and professional cleanings so that you do not end up with excessive plaque or tartar, which can irritate the gums and cause issues.
Although a permanent dental crown is strong and does not have any specific cautions regarding food, there are a few tips to follow. Depending on the placement of the crown, you might want to avoid or at least exercise caution with certain hard foods. For example, if you have a crown in the front, then you might want to avoid biting into hard food, such as corn on the cob or an apple. Very sticky foods are generally good to avoid, such as caramel or taffy, as they can cause the crown to loosen and dislodge. Your dentist or periodontist might have other foods that you should avoid with your crown.
Although dental crowns are tough, they are not quite as strong as your normal teeth. Using a mouth guard is one way to protect your crowns, especially if you are at risk of damage from contact sports, grinding your teeth, or clenching your jaw.
Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richards today. He will discuss further ways to keep your teeth healthy, including crowns and any other dental work you might need.
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