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Dental Crowns: Proper Aftercare and Cleaning Tips

By Dr. Gary Herskovits on October 28, 2017

A porcelain dental crownHere at Brooklyn Smile, we're proud to offer a wide array of restorations that can improve a person's dental health as well as the appearance of their smile. For serious dental problems, the ideal solution is often dental crowns. A dental crown is a type of restoration that is used to treat a seriously damaged or decayed tooth. It's the ideal restoration when a filling, inlay, or onlay simply cannot accomplish the job.

Let's take a moment to consider some basics when it comes to caring for your dental crowns. Heeding this advice can help keep your smile healthy for years to come.

Caring for Temporary Dental Crowns

Before a patient's permanent dental crown is completed at a dental lab, they will have to wear a temporary dental crown in the meantime. Usually this means about a week to two weeks with a temporary crown in place.

Since the temporary crown is not custom-fit like the final crown will be, patients must be extra careful when caring for their temporary restoration. The following tips are helpful:

  • Avoid sticky foods, especially candies such as caramel and chewing gum
  • Try to chew on the side of the mouth opposite your temporary dental crown
  • Consider a diet of softer foods until the final dental crown is placed

If you have any issues with your temporary dental crowns, you can contact our practice and we can help address the matter.

Proper Care When You First Get Your Dental Crowns

Once your permanent dental crown is in place, you won't have to be quite so cautious as you were with your temporary crown. However, for the first 24 hours after the permanent crown is fixed in place, be sure to avoid chewing anything hard or crunchy with that side of the mouth. After that, biting and chewing as you normally would is just fine.

Oral Hygiene and Cleaning Tips

Oral hygiene when you have a permanent crown is just the same as it would be if the crown was not in place. Patients should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss their teeth at least once a night. Ideally, patients should brush and floss after every meal.

Things to Avoid

To prolong the life of your dental crowns, consider the following tips:

  • Do not use tobacco products
  • Wear mouth protection while playing sports
  • Wear face and head protection when applicable
  • Do not chew on ice cubes, pen caps, or other hard non-food items

How Long Will My Dental Crowns Last?

A dental crown is sturdy, but it's subject to wear and tear just like your natural teeth. A good dental crown can last around 10 years, though it can last longer with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

If you experience any chips, cracks, or damage, the crown can be replaced. The procedure will involve the careful removal of the old crown and the creation of a new dental crown as a replacement. Simple as that.

Contact Brooklyn Smile

If you would like to learn more about proper care of dental crowns and how we can enhance your dental health and wellness, be sure to contact an experienced dentist today. The team at Brooklyn Smile looks forward to discussing these matters with your during your visit.

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