When you receive your dental crowns, you will want to make them last as long as possible. While some crowns may be more durable than your natural teeth, they are still susceptible to damage if not treated properly. By caring for your dental crowns, you can ensure that your results last decades. Here are some tips for taking care of your new smile.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Even if you have dental crowns, you will still need to take care of your teeth. Bacteria can get stuck underneath your crowns, potentially leading to an infection. In general, it is best to brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least one per day. This will help remove any bacteria caused by plaque.
Limit Tough and Chewy Foods
One of the most common ways a dental crown gets damaged is by eating tough foods such as candy, nuts, etc. Anything that sticks to your dental crown can cause it to be pulled away from the underlying tooth. This can not only cause extra sensitivity, but also make it more difficult to clean your teeth. In addition, hard foods have a potential to crack or chip your dental crown, especially if it is made of porcelain or ceramic.
Avoid Using Your Crowns to Open Packages or Bottles
Using your teeth to open a bottle cap or rip a package puts a significant amount of stress on your crowns. This is especially true for crowns near the front of your mouth, which can’t handle the pressure. For porcelain or ceramic crowns, this can result in major cracking or chipping. Gold crowns, while a little less brittle, can become deformed as well.
Want to Restore Your Smile? The Smile Centre Can Help
If you want to know more about dental crowns or want to achieve a natural, healthy smile, contact The Smile Centre today to schedule a consultation. You can call us at our Palm Aire office at 941-351-4468 or our South Trail office at 941-366-3636. We are happy to serve patients living in Sarasota and surrounding Florida communities.