Care for Dental Crown
Dental crown requires the same regular and consistent home and professional dental
care, as your natural teeth to prevent decay at the tooth-dental crown junction.
To provide optimum longevity for your restorations, please follow the home care
1. Brush after eating and before bedtime around the crown with a soft toothbrush,
especially where the crown meets the gum line. At the gum line harmful bacteria
can be harbored to cause decay and gum disease.
2. Floss at least once to twice a day. Use the proxy brush or floss threader to
remove plaque under and around these areas to maintain good oral hygiene. Buildup
of food debris and plaque on your teeth and gums can become infected.
3. Rinse with fluoride rinse before bed. Swish the fluoride rinse vigorously in
your mouth for at least one minute. Do not swallow any of the rinse and do not
eat or drink anything for 30 minutes
4. Be careful about chewing toffees, gum, grainy rolls and tough food in this
5. See your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleanings
What Problems Could Develop With a Dental Crown?
1. Discomfort or sensitivity. Your newly crowned tooth may be sensitive immediately
after the procedure as the anesthesia begins to wear off. If the tooth that
has been crowned still has a nerve in it, you may experience some heat and cold
sensitivity. Your dentist may recommend that you brush your teeth with toothpaste
designed for sensitive teeth.
2. Chipped crown. Crowns made of all porcelain can sometimes chip. If the chip
is small, a composite resin can be used to repair the chip with the crown remaining
in your mouth. If the chipping is extensive, the crown may need to be replaced.
3. Loose crown. Sometimes the cement washes out from under the crown. Not only
does this allow the crown to become loose, it allows bacteria to leak in and
cause decay to the tooth that remains.
5. Allergic reaction. Because the metals used to make crowns are usually a mixture
of metals, an allergic reaction to the metals or porcelain used in crowns can
occur, but this is extremely rare.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
The life span of a crown depends on the dentist’s skill, the quality of
material used, your maintenance and the amount of "wear and tear"
the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and
your personal mouth-related habits. Habits such as grinding or clenching your
teeth, chewing ice, biting your fingernails and using your teeth to open packaging
puts on greater wear and tear to the crown. On average in general, dental crowns
last between 5 and 10 years.
Does a Crowned Tooth Require any Special Care?
While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember that simply
because a tooth is crowned does not mean the underlying tooth is protected from
decay or gum disease. Therefore, continue to follow good oral hygiene practices,
including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day-especially
around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth.
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