When you have a vulnerable tooth, having it treated as soon as possible can help you save it. One of the most common options is to have a dental crown that not only protects the tooth but offers some structural support as well. While it is true that the teeth with crowns are no longer as strong as they naturally were, but you can certainly keep using those teeth as normal. However, you need to ensure that you take good care of those ‘crowned’ teeth. They may not need special care, but they certainly deserve more attention than you might have been paying to your natural teeth. Here are some aftercare instructions to keep your crowns working fine.
- Take special care while biting soon after the procedure. Those who have had anesthesia are likely to bite the inside of their cheeks or the tongue because of numbness in the mouth. Therefore, it is also a good idea to stay away from chewy food for some time – you should wait until you no longer feel numb.
- Do not try to remove the temporary crown after the procedure. They need to stay there until your dentist has placed the permanent crown. Be sure to talk to your dentist immediately if you notice your crown become a cause of discomfort or it dislodges for no apparent reason. Many people make the mistake of ‘gluing’ the crown back in place, but that is not a good idea. Only a professional should get to fix it for you or else you will notice your teeth become sensitive in those exposed areas.
- Continue to brush as you have always been, but you need to practice some care with flossing. It is important to learn how to remove the floss from one side of your tooth. Your dentist can help you learn that. Understand that you should not overlook the importance of brushing regularly after having a crown because it can lead to gum disease. Talk to your dentist if you notice anything go wrong.
- Once the crown has cemented, you can relax a bit. Understand that you are likely to have some sensitivity for a while. The sensitivity is the result of a tooth becoming irritated by the cement. You may consider using sensitivity toothpaste to deal with the issue. Your dentist can help you with that.
- Usually, everything works fine after the procedure, but you should call your dentist immediately if you feel that your bite is a bit off or does not feel natural. The issue is usually not serious and can be resolved with a slight adjustment.
The fact of the matter is that deciding to have dental crowns is a great way to protect your vulnerable tooth, but you have to ensure that you take the right care of it after the procedure. Never think that a crowned tooth is an artificial tooth so you do not need to clean it that often. It is a misconception and you should never make this mistake. Pay special attention to maintaining oral hygiene and the dental crowns will continue to work great.