Dental crowns are one of the most versatile restorations owing to the various oral concerns they can be used to treat. They are made from dental-grade ceramic — a highly customizable and durable material. Although crowns are long-lasting, robust, and strong, a little extra attention and care can increase their lifespan significantly.
Here are a few aftercare suggestions that ensure your dental crowns stay as good as new for a long time.
The type of foods you include in your everyday diet plays a major role in keeping your crowns healthy and shiny. Eating a lot of hard and crunchy foods, like nuts, hard candies, etc., can increase the risk of chipping or cracking the crown. In case they crack or break, you will have to visit the dentist and get them replaced with a new one, which would be time and money-consuming. Hence, it is best to keep away from such foods.
Also, foods that are sticky or leave a residue on your teeth should be avoided, as they can loosen your crown or cause significant plaque buildup on the restoration.
- Avoid Unhealthy Oral Habits
Many individuals have unhealthy oral habits like biting their nails, chewing on pen caps or pencil tops, grinding their teeth when nervous or stressed, etc. Some even use their teeth as tools to open bottle caps and tear open plastic bags. These actions can not only damage the crown but your natural teeth as well. If you have been trying to get rid of such habits but failing, perhaps thinking about how much you invested in the crown and keeping your smile looking pleasing would help you double down.
- Brush and Floss Regularly
Brushing and flossing help to get rid of the majority of microbes from the mouth. They also ensure you have a more pleasing smile by keeping the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth to a minimum. This holds true for the crown as well. Although the crown can’t decay, it can surely hold a sticky film of plaque on its surface, which can contribute to gum disease. Hence, optimum oral hygiene would be necessary to avoid this.
- Visit Your Dentist Regularly
What you see in the mirror when you smile is not exactly what the dentist sees. We at Historic Hyde Park Dentistry will thoroughly screen your mouth for oral concerns using our dental instruments, which gives us a better view of the teeth, restorations, and other oral tissues. In case the crown is damaged, loose, improperly aligned, or needs any other correction, we will tend to it.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Historic Hyde Park Dentistry to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (813) 253-3041 or schedule an online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.