Have you recently gotten a dental crown to protect a broken or decayed tooth? You probably appreciate that you can chew comfortably again and that the crown also helped improve the appearance of your smile.
Dental crowns placed by your Wylie, TX dentist are very durable and can last as long as 15 years when you care for them properly. And while they don’t require a lot of special care, there are steps you can take to protect your dental crown and extend its lifespan.
How to Care for Your Dental Crown
The good news is that your dental crown won’t get a cavity. But that doesn’t mean crowns are maintenance-free, and following these tips can help protect it:
- The tooth beneath the crown can still get a cavity, and you can also develop gum disease. Brush and floss the dental crown tooth just as you do your other teeth. Flossing around crowns and other dental work can be a challenge, so consider investing in a water floss that does the work for you.
- Don’t eat gummy candies or other sticky foods that can loosen your dental crown or pull it off altogether. Also, avoid hard, crunchy foods that could break your crown, and don’t chew on ice.
- Talk to your dentist about getting a nightguard if you grind your teeth. Wearing a guard while you sleep absorbs the force of teeth grinding (bruxism) that could damage your crown.
- If your crown comes off, call your dentist as soon as possible. Wrap the crown and any pieces in tissue and bring it with you to your appointment.
Be sure to keep up with regularly scheduled appointments for dental exams and teeth cleanings. Your dentist will check to ensure the underlying tooth is health and your crown is secure.
Have Questions about Your Crown? Call Us!
At InSmile Dental, Dr. Behram Shah designs durable porcelain dental crowns that restore broken teeth, restore chewing function, and blend beautifully with your smile.
Our knowledgeable dental team is always happy to answer your oral health questions. If you would like more information about dental crowns in Wylie, TX, or to schedule an appointment for your next exam and teeth cleaning, please call us at (972) 908-9830.