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The Best Ways to Extend the Lifespan of Your Dental Crowns

January 15, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drpatrick @ 7:15 pm

Close-up of beautiful smileAre you considering dental crowns or are you about to receive them? This restoration keeps your teeth healthy, beautiful, and strong, but you’ll want to know how to best take care of them once they’re placed in your smile. During the process, you’ll receive temporary crowns, followed by your permanent ones. Keep reading to learn more about dental crowns, how they can help you, and how to extend their lifespan from an expert dentist.

What Are Dental Crowns and How Do They Help My Smile?

Dental crowns are caps that are used to cover misshapen or decayed teeth. They do a wonderful job of restoring your tooth’s size, shape, color, and function. They can restore broken, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth back to their natural beauty. Dental crowns are custom-made to fit your smile and match your original pearly whites.

How Should I Care for My Temporary Crowns?

Your dentist will give you a temporary crown to wear, which protects your natural tooth and gives you a better appearance until your permanent one is ready. Your personalized crown will usually take 2 to 3 weeks to complete, so you should know how to take care of your temporary one in the meantime:

  • Watch out for chewy foods like caramel or gum to keep your temporary crown safe.
  • If possible, try to reduce your chewing force in the area of your mouth that has the temporary crown.
  • Try to avoid eating hard food that could damage your crown.
  • Maintain regular cleaning of your gums because they can be sore after treatment.
  • When flossing, slide it gently around your crown instead of forcing it up or down.

How Should I Care for My Permanent Crowns?

Once your permanent crown is complete, you’ll visit the dentist’s office for its placement. After it’s permanently placed, you should still follow the same tips above for the first few days. Then, you can practice these rules to get the most out of your permanent dental crown:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss once a day to remove plaque and bacteria from in between your crown and teeth.
  • Use an interdental brush to remove any remaining plaque in your mouth.
  • Finish your routine off by using a nonalcoholic mouthwash for extra protection against cavities and gum disease.
  • If possible, reduce biting force. While you can enjoy stronger biting power compared to temporary crowns, you should still be cautious, especially when chewing hard foods.

Dental crowns are a great solution to fix numerous problems with your teeth. Now that you know how to take care of them best, contact your dentist to get started on a more beautiful and functional smile.

Meet the Dentist

Dr. J. Benjamin Patrick is an expert dentist who is involved in a variety of dental organizations in order to stay up-to-date with the latest techniques. He has decades of experience in placing dental crowns and restoring smiles. He currently practices at Advanced Dentistry of Athens, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (706) 546-8720 for any questions.

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