Once your custom-designed dental crowns have been placed, your teeth will be stronger and you will finally be able to smile with confidence. However, in order to make sure your newly-restored teeth last, you need to care for your crowns with the same attention that you care for your natural teeth.
Dr. Terry Bass will provide you with instructions on caring for your new tooth crowns, but below are a few general guidelines you should follow. For additional information, please call 405-622-8996 to speak with a member of our Team in Norman.
Making Your Dental Crowns Last
As always, responsible dental hygiene can prevent a number of dental problems. Even though the surface of a crown cannot be damaged by decay, it is still possible for the natural tooth below it to be exposed to gum disease and cavities. Good brushing and flossing - especially around the area where your gums meet the tooth crown - will help ensure all of your teeth remain strong and healthy.
A well-cared-for dental crown can last for up to 20 years. Even though crowns are designed to be extremely durable, they can crack or become damaged if you:
- Grind your teeth
- Chew on ice or other hard foods
- Bite your nails
If your crown suffers only a small chip, Dr. Bass can use a dental composite material to repair it and restore the crown's integrity. However, if chipping is extensive, the crown may need to be replaced.
If you habitually grind your teeth at night, Dr. Bass can provide you with a custom mouth guard that will protect your teeth and crowns while you sleep.
Dental Crowns and Tooth Sensitivity
If you have just recently had a crown placed, your gums may be slightly inflamed from the procedure. Consider gargling with an alcohol-free mouthwash to prevent further irritation to your teeth and gumline.
Additionally, brand new crowns can increase your tooth's sensitivity to extreme temperatures. Take care when consuming very hot or very cold foods and beverages. Avoiding the area of the crown when you are eating and drinking can help prevent this problem. This sensitivity should gradually fade a few weeks after your crowns have been placed.
If you have further questions about dental crown care, or are interested in having our custom crowns placed to improve your smile, please contact Dr. Terry Bass and his experienced cosmetic dentistry Team online or by phone at 405-622-8996 today to schedule an initial consultation. Our office serves patients in Lawton, Edmond, Norman, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.