Dental Crowns are the backbone of modern dentistry. Literally, you will at one point or another run into a friend or family member that has one in their mouths.
Severely damaged teeth are usually repaired with dental crowns. If you’re not sure about dental crowns and how they can help you, they prevent further breakdown of your tooth structure, while eliminating the underlying cause of the tooth destruction (cavity). After your dental crown is placed inside your mouth what steps are there to take care of them? A lot of times, we have patients at our office that were never explained what to do when the crown is placed. Do you brush the crown, do you floss around the crown? Are there any limitations of what you can eat with your dental crown? Below we will explain how to take care of your crown after it is delivered.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are shells that are composed of various materials that are placed on top of your tooth bud to prevent it from breaking down. It is composed of either Porcelain, Gold, or a mixture of metals, and they are cemented into place with special dental cements by your dentist. Dental Crowns are normally fabricated in the following situations:
- Fixing a large area of cavity on your tooth that is too large for a dental filling.
- Protecting broken down teeth from fracturing.
- Cosmetically covering teeth that have gaps or are broken down.
- Restoring a tooth that’s undergone root canal treatment.
- Covering up a tooth that is discolored.
- Placed on top of a dental implant
Foods to Avoid with Dental Crowns
As mentioned above, the foods you eat can determine how long your dental crowns last. These foods can damage your temporary crown:
- Chewing on ice
- Hard nuts
- Hard candy
- Sticky candy
- Chewing bubble gum
How to take care of your dental crown in 3 easy steps
- Brush and floss around your crown twice daily: Just like your other teeth, dental crowns need to be taken care of. Without proper oral hygiene habits the underlying tooth structure supporting the crown can continue to breakdown, form a cavity, and eventually leading to either a root canal or extraction of that tooth.
- Avoid hard foods: Avoiding hard candy, ice, and harder veggies can prolong the lifespan of your dental crown. Just like anything else, the more pressure the crown is under, the faster it will break down over time.
- Get regular dental check ups: To make sure your dental crown is intact and not failing, regular dental check ups are strongly recommended. Your dentist will take a series of x-rays in and around that tooth to make sure there is not leaking underneath the crown.
Just like anything else, dental crowns need to be taken care of. Proper oral hygiene guidelines such as brushing and flossing are essential to the longevity of your dental crown. With proper care, your crown can last up to 25 years, if not longer! With continued advances in dental technology, we may even construct crowns that last longer.
If you are needing a dental crown, contact your local dentist today.