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Caring for Your Dental Crown

Posted on 11/15/2015 by Nicholas Dose
A diagram of how a dental crown works.Whether you need a crown after a dental accident or root canal, or if poor oral hygiene is to blame, it is important that you are caring for your new restoration properly.

While crowns are made to be extremely durable, you still need to be diligent about caring for it and the rest of your mouth.

Temporary Crowns

A temporary crown isn't a permanent restoration that will be placed in your mouth for an extended period of time. Temporary crowns are often used to protect a tooth while a permanent crown is being manufactured in a dental laboratory.

However, it is important to care for this temporary covering to make sure it doesn't fall off, as you could damage the tooth underneath. When flossing around a temporary crown, be sure to pull the floss out sideways rather than straight up, and you should also avoid eating foods that are sticky, chewy, or especially hard.

Permanent Crowns

Once the temporary crown has been taken off and your permanent restoration has been put into place, you'll still want to take care for the first day or so. During this time, you should continue watching your diet to avoid food items that could damage the crown. However, after the crown has had an appropriate amount of time to set, you can go back to eating your normal diet.

Be sure to follow your normal routine when it comes to brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. You will also need to follow-up with your dentist as usual to make sure that the crown and the rest of your teeth are remaining healthy. Should your crown fall off or become damaged, be sure to contact your dentist right away.

Caring for your crown will be a relatively low-maintenance process, but if you have any concerns or questions, be sure to contact our office right away.
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