Dental crowns are replacement teeth that are placed over the existing tooth like a cap. The natural tooth, which has usually suffered significant damage, is trimmed down to create an anchor post, which the dental crown is then fixed permanently on to.
In some cases, temporary dental crowns are used, for example in emergency cosmetic dentistry to restore the patient’s smile for a major event, or as a stop-gap solution until a permanent crown can be put in place.
Here are our aftercare tips for your dental crowns, to keep them in good condition for as long as possible.
Temporary dental crown aftercare
By definition, a temporary dental crown is designed to come out at some point. But you want that to be when it is removed by a dentist, not because it has fallen out.
As such, temporary dental crown aftercare is largely about treating the crown with respect and avoiding activities that could dislodge it:
- Chew on the other side of your mouth
- Avoid hard and very crunchy foods
- Avoid very sticky or chewy foods
- Be careful when flossing that the floss does not get under the edge of the crown
With some common sense and self-awareness, you can often spot when a particular action or food is putting pressure on your temporary crown, so adjust your behaviour as you go along.
Permanent dental crown aftercare
Aftercare for permanent dental crowns starts immediately after the procedure. For the first 24-48 hours you should continue to treat the crown as if it were temporary – avoiding sticky and chewy foods, and other actions that might dislodge it.
Beyond that time, the crown should be cemented firmly into place and you can start to treat it as you would if it were a natural tooth.
You may still experience some sensitivity in your gum around the crown, but this will usually fade over the first few weeks – consult your dentist if you have lasting discomfort that does not seem to be improving over time.
What can’t I do with a dental crown?
A permanent dental crown should allow you to do most normal things with your mouth and teeth. This includes eating your normal diet, drinking your usual beverages, and smoking/vaping (although these have other health implications and may stain your teeth).
In terms of oral hygiene, follow a standard recommended dental routine, including regular gentle brushing, combined with careful flossing and mouthwash, to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy for longer.
Talk to the experts
Ten Dental offer dental crowns to replace, repair and strengthen damaged teeth for a healthier smile. For more information on aftercare tips for your dental crowns, dental crown procedure and costs, as well as other general dentistry treatments, book an appointment today.