If one or more of your teeth has been damaged by accident or advanced decay, you may need a dental crown to protect your damaged tooth and help you retain full dental function.
At CaliDental of Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, and Lompoc, California, our team, including implant dentists and cosmetic dentists, provides crowns to new and existing patients from around the Central Coast area.
After your crown is in place, you want to do everything possible to maximize the life of your crown and protect your damaged tooth beneath it. Here are tips and tricks that we recommend to care for a new crown in order to have the restorative dentistry repair last for years to come.
Teeth can become damaged over the years, or all at once. Your tooth might break or fracture as a result of an accident or injury. Or, tooth decay can create instability that even a large filling can’t fully correct.
A crown acts as a shield to cover and protect a damaged tooth. Dental crowns are made out of materials like porcelain and high-quality plastic, and look just like your remaining teeth.
A tooth covered by a crown can remain healthy even after cracks, chips, or past extensive tooth decay. You increase your long-term dental health outlook by opting for a crown rather than risk tooth loss. Dental crowns are also an effective way to adjust the cosmetic appearance of your smile, correcting for uneven shape or discoloration.
Your crown placement process typically takes two appointments to fully complete. At your first visit, your provider at CaliDental prepares your tooth for the crown. We may need to remove some of your dental enamel to create room for the crown to fully fit over the top. We keep you comfortable during the treatment process with local anesthetic, so you won’t feel pain.
When you come back in for your second appointment about two weeks later, the molds that we’ve taken of your bite have been fabricated into your custom crown. Your provider at CaliDental removes your temporary crown and permanently cements your permanent crown in place.
With the right care and hygiene, dental crowns can last for 5-10 years before needing to be replaced. Here’s what you need to know about caring for your new crown in order to maximize the life of your dental restoration.
It can take a few days for recovery after placement of a dental crown, during which you may see some inflammation and experience mild increased sensitivity or irritation. You can use warm salt water rinses to soothe irritation. Avoid sticky and hard foods for the first day, and be aware of a risk of increased temporary temperature sensitivity, as well.
In terms of long-term care, you should take care of your crown similarly to how you need to care for your natural teeth. Brush your teeth at least twice daily. Using a fluoride toothpaste helps to prevent future tooth decay.
In order to keep your new crown in good shape for years to come, watch out for chewing on hard candy, sticky foods, ice, and other non-food hard objects that could damage your restorative dentistry. You may also be able to benefit from using a night guard to prevent damaging teeth grinding habits.
To learn more about restorative dentistry options like dental crowns, get in touch with CaliDental today. Book your appointment online, or call now to schedule your session with one of our compassionate, experienced dentists.