None of us drive on our tires long after the tread has worn down because we know the consequences of this kind of neglect can be dire. There’s no one who relishes the thought of casually cruising down the highway only to go spiraling out of control because of a blown tire that was long overdue to be replaced. Similarly, none of us relish the thought of having to undergo a costly, complicated tooth-replacement procedure due to poor oral hygiene and self-care. If you’ve made the proactive decision to have a crown placed on a tooth in trouble, congratulations, you made a great choice for your oral and overall health! Now your Hilliard dentist is here to help you understand how to properly care for your new crown.
Why Caring For Your Crowns Is Critical
Just because you’ve had a crown placed on a decaying tooth doesn’t mean that tooth no longer requires long-term attention and care. In fact, the opposite is true! While the crown itself is a prosthetic that cannot decay, the section of the capped tooth closest to your gum-line is still vulnerable to germs and bacteria. Continually cleaning this area as part your oral hygiene routine is imperative.
Additionally, while an expertly placed crown is a sturdy and reliable restorative option, it is important to remember that it is not impervious to chips and cracks. There are several dos and don’ts when it comes to crown maintenance that will help ensure a crown’s long-term stability.
Proper Dental Crown Care
Here’s a quick rundown of the essential crown care tips you should be aware of in order to avoid any issues and extend the life of your crown.
- Be sure to continue brushing and flossing all your teeth (including any with crowns) vigorously. Pay special attention to the area around the gum line. Carefully slide out floss when cleaning around the crown to avoid damaging it.
- Avoid chewing on ice, hard candies, or any other similar substances – these materials could potentially chip or fracture your crown.
- On a similar note, trying to limit your intake of sticky sweets like gummies and caramels that can pull on the crown.
- Lastly, be sure to see your dentist for regular checkups, as they are professionally equipped to ensure that all is well with your crowns.
Finding Crowns Complicated? Call Us!
If you’re finding any of the above information confusing, or in the event that you’re experiencing any debilitating pain or sensitivity after the placement of a crown, we’d love for you to contact us to schedule an appointment. If you think you may be experiencing a dental emergency don’t hesitate to call our main office line.
About the Author
Dr Joe Joseph is proud to provide Hilliard families with the compassionate, quality care they deserve. Whether you’re experiencing issues with a dental crown, are curious about our restorative dentistry options, or just need to schedule a preventive visit – reach out to him today!