A crown is a headpiece fit for a king, though you might think of it as an ostentatious cap. In very much the same vein, a tooth crown is the perfect fit for a wide array of different dental problems, and you might think of it as a tooth cap. They can be used for weak teeth that need structural integrity, they can be used for teeth that have seen too much decay to be repaired with simple filling, and they can be used for discolored teeth as an aesthetic improvement. They can be made out of a wide variety of materials, from gold to porcelain, and you can read about how they are made and what they do in more detail in one of our previous blog posts. Here’s a question you might have: how do you take care of your dental crown?
The first thing you need to know is that crowns come in two categories: temporary and permanent. The steps to care for each are pretty different. Temporary crowns are not nearly as well-fitted or solid as permanent crowns. In light of that, you should avoid eating any sticky foods while your temporary crown is in place; they could lift the crown up and out of place. You should also avoid eating crunchy foods while you have the temporary crown; they are far more fragile than regular crowns, and could break under the pressure. In the same vein, you should shift your eating to the side of your mouth where the crown isn’t, to reduce the chances of anything breaking. Finally, you should be especially careful when you are brushing and flossing not to jerk the temporary crown around; go gently, and use sliding instead of pulling motions when flossing.
Your temporary crown will soon be removed; thank goodness! Now you need care tips for the permanent crown. We’re in luck, here; permanent crowns are extremely solid, so caring for them is like caring for the rest of your teeth. Brush twice a day, floss once a day, and be sure to clean the crowned tooth; the areas near the gums that aren’t covered by the crown should be minded, because the last thing you want is to need to remove the crown in order to deal with more tooth decay.
There are a few cornerstone cases where you might see problems with your crown. When you feel your crown come loose, or if your crown comes off, go to the dentist right away. There are special precautions that you’ll have to take in caring for the uncovered tooth. You should also contact your dentist if your crown chips. You’re likely to experience tooth sensitivity after your crown is placed, but this shouldn’t be prolonged. Keep the Canadian Dental Association’s warning signs in mind, and if you notice something that causes you concern, get in touch with your dentist.