Think of your new dental crown as a real crown for your head—something precious that should be treated with care. Dental crowns are designed to be tough, but during the first few hours they spend in your mouth, they’re susceptible to damage and displacement. To protect your brand-new dental crown, our team encourages the following precautions:
– Avoid hard, sticky food: Your dentist may give you a temporary crown initially, which can be easily dislodged by sticky or crunchy food. Even permanent crowns should not come in contact with these foods for the first 24 hours. Hard foods like ice and popcorn kernels can crack a porcelain crown.
– Chew carefully: No matter what you eat, you should chew on the side of your mouth opposite the new crown. This gives the area around your crown a chance to heal.
– Floss gently: When you floss around the new crown, instead of lifting the floss up, slide it out from between your teeth so as not to disrupt the crown. The area around the new crown may be sensitive for a while, so don’t be alarmed if flossing is uncomfortable at first.
– Maintain excellent oral hygiene: Remember that underneath your crown lies a natural tooth that is still susceptible to tooth decay. Positive dental habits will protect your natural teeth from requiring further dental work.
Whether you already have a dental crown or are considering requesting one, our team at Kenneth M. Schweizer, DDS, PA is here for you. Dr. Kenneth Schweizer is happy to meet with you to discuss dental crown care and recommend the best material for your dental crown. For more information about dental crowns in Sarasota, Florida, feel free to contact our office at 941-926-4888.