Your teeth are important for many reasons and affect how you look when you smile, so taking care of them is vital to good oral health. When you end up needing a dental crown, that care is even more important to make it last.
At Woodland Lakes Dental Studio, Dr. Gabriel Polo can assist you with any dental concerns, including crowns and aftercare. He can even do same-day crowns right in our office. After placing your crown, he gives you instructions for how to care for it.
When do you need a dental crown?
You may think dental crowns are just needed after you have a root canal. This is true, as your tooth may become more brittle after the root is removed. A crown strengthens the weakened tooth, allowing you to chew and bite foods without worry.
However, there are a variety of other reasons you may need a crown, including:
- Covering a discolored tooth to match your other teeth
- As a support for a bridge that’s in place
- Covering and supporting a dental implant
- Protecting a chipped or cracked tooth
Crowns aren’t only functional, they’re also cosmetic. They can really improve the way your whole appearance looks by covering any dental imperfection you may have. The better you take care of your crown, the more likely it’ll last for a very long time.
Care tips for a healthy dental crown
Before you get your crown put on, it’s a good idea to talk to Dr. Polo about how to properly care for it. The crown is usually made of a very hard substance like porcelain or ceramic. Although these materials are very strong, they can’t begin to match the strength of the enamel on your natural teeth.
For this reason, it’s very important to follow care tips such as:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss daily to get any food debris out from around the crown
- Rinse really well after flossing
- Avoid sticky or very hard foods, as they can break the crown
- Keep up with regular cleaning appointments
If Dr. Polo puts on a temporary crown, it’s very important not to eat sticky foods as it can pull the crown off, exposing the vulnerable tooth underneath. You may also want to try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth from the temporary crown to avoid any damage to it.
If you keep up with routine dental care and follow these care tips, your permanent crown can last up to 20 years or longer.
Crown complications to look out for
As with anything, complications can arise with a dental crown. Sometimes even with proper care, you may end up with a problem. Some of the things to look out for include:
- Discomfort or sensitivity to the affected tooth
- Chips in the crown
- Crown that becomes loose
- The crown falling off
- A dark line below the crown near the gumline
If you have any discomfort that lasts for several days and isn’t relieved by home care, it’s important that you make an appointment with Dr. Polo so he can check the integrity of your crown.
If you’re in need of a dental crown or want to take care of an existing crown, call our Conroe, Texas, office at 936-271-3500 or book an appointment online today.