How to Care for Your Dental Crown

How to Care for Your Dental Crown

Part of the responsibility of having a dental crown, is knowing how to care for it properly, as it is essential to maintaining good oral health. Cosmetically it makes the inside of your mouth look good, but underneath is a damaged tooth making its recovery. The recovery process does take its time, but how well you take care of your crown will factor into your tooth’s recovery. However, how you should treat your crown depends on whether it’s a temporary or permanent crown, here are some of the differences that you should keep in mind.

Temporary Crowns

Temporary crowns require delicate treatment, whereas a permanent crown can be treated as one of your regular teeth. Someone with a temporary crown would have to change a lot of habits, like teeth grinding and nail biting, which are known to be harmful for teeth.

Temporary crowns are often made from stainless steel. For children, temporary crowns come out with the baby tooth right under it. For adults, they function as a placeholder provided by the dentist, as the permanent crown is prepared in a lab during the next few days.

Permanent Crowns

Permanent crowns can be made from porcelain, resin, ceramic material or certain metals and alloys. Each material comes with its own pros and cons. Porcelain can be fused to metal to make the most natural crown. Resin crowns are the most affordable, but they are more likely to wear down or take damage. Ceramic crowns are most ideal for covering front teeth. Crowns made out of metal and alloys are the most durable.

Crown Care

In the case of both temporary and permanent crowns, it’s best to avoid sticky foods, as they can separate the crown from the damaged tooth underneath. Newly cemented remain sensitive for some time, avoid chewing hard foods during this period. Chewing ice is something you should never do if you have a crown.

The same oral hygiene practiced on regular teeth has to be applied to the crown as well. When it comes to cleaning, using a fluoride toothpaste and rinse will prevent tooth decay at the root of the crown. When flossing, slide the floss out of the side of your teeth and don’t lift. Also be sure to pay attention to the area of your gums under the crown.

Seek Consultation

Practicing oral hygiene will allow your crown to last longer. Individuals with crowns should schedule check ups with their dentist more often. If your crown comes loose, falls off, chips, or takes damaged in any way, call your dentist immediately. If you feel any discomfort or prolonged sensitivity some time after its been cemented, contact your dentist. Consult with Daxon Dentistry for any questions you have about crowns, whether you’re getting one put in or caring for one already installed. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.