If you have recently gotten a tooth crown, you probably already appreciate the benefits. You can chew on all your teeth again and can once again enjoy healthy foods like crunchy apples and carrots. The all-porcelain crown has aesthetic benefits too because it improves your smile.
With proper care, crowns placed by your Aurora dentist can last 15 years or longer. But what is proper care, and what steps can you take to protect it and extend its lifespan?
Tips for Caring for Your Dental Crown
A dental crown won’t get a cavity, but that doesn’t mean they are maintenance-free. Follow these tips to get as much out of your investment as possible:
- The tooth under your crown is still susceptible to tooth decay as well as gum disease. Avoid both by brushing at least twice a day and flossing once. If you need tips for flossing around your crown, your dental hygienist will be happy to show you how.
- Stay away from sticky foods like gummy candies that can break the cement seal of your crown and cause it to pull off. Avoid crunchy or hard foods that can damage your crown, and don’t chew on ice.
- If you have bruxism, ask your Aurora dentist about creating a night guard for you to protect your dental work from teeth grinding.
Most importantly, stay current with your routine dental exams and cleanings. At each visit, your dentist checks the condition of your dental work to make sure it’s in good shape and securely in place. It’s much easier for you if your dentist finds a loose crown and fixes it than it is to have one fall out while you’re enjoying dinner with friends.
Have Questions About Your Tooth Crown? Call Us!
When you get dental crowns in Aurora, you also get the continuing support of Dr. John Chen and the team at Uptown Prosthodontics. Follow the above steps, and you can enjoy your new crown for many years to come.
If you have questions about your crown or have other dental needs, please call us at (303) to schedule an appointment.