TAKING CARE OF DENTAL CROWNS
Crowns are used for several purposes, including protecting a tooth following a root canal and restoring the shape and function of a tooth that has been damaged or suffered a large cavity. Dental crown material is meant to last for years, but there are certain steps you’ll need to take to ensure your crown stays in good shape. Once you have received a dental crown in Naples, your dentist will provide personalized care instructions for the short and long term.
Caring for Temporary Crowns
In some cases, your dentist may place a temporary tooth crown while your permanent crown is fabricated. Although the cement used to keep your temporary crown in place can stand up to normal activities, it’s still important to take care when eating or cleaning around a temporary dental crown. Avoid chewing hard, crunchy, or sticky foods on the affected side of your mouth while the temporary crown is in place. Use care when flossing around your temporary tooth crown and avoid pulling the floss up between the teeth on either side of the crown; instead, floss in a side-to-side motion and brush carefully to avoid accidentally dislodging the crown.
Caring for Permanent Crowns
Permanent crowns are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth. When you care for it properly, your crown should last ten years or more before requiring replacement. Crowns are durable and stain-resistant, but should be brushed and flossed regularly each day along with the other teeth in your mouth. This will not only keep the crown clean and looking its best, but also keep the tooth free of cavities and prevent the gums around the area from developing periodontal disease, which can affect the health of the tooth and its crown. If your dental crown comes out while you are eating, don’t try to replace it yourself—contact your dentist promptly and store the crown in a sealed plastic bag. While a new crown will likely be made, dislodged crowns can sometimes be used as a temporary crown during this process.