Dental crowns at our Sarasota, FL dental office are a common restoration. Dr. Deborah Simpkins places dental crowns to restore a tooth that has been damaged, to cover up a tooth that is flawed, and to strengthen a tooth that has been treated with a root canal.
In general, dental crowns are strong tooth restorations that can last a good number of years—especially if they are cared for properly. To help get the most out of your dental crown, we recommend the following tips.
Avoid Chewy, Sticky, and Hard Foods
The cement that is used to secure a dental crown to the tooth is strong, but it’s still a good idea to use some caution. Chewy and sticky foods, such as caramel and nougat, can be tough on crowns, and there is a risk of loosening the crown. Hard foods, such as jawbreakers and hard candies, aren’t great for your natural teeth, and they can wreak havoc on a dental restoration such as a crown.
Other Ways to Help Ensure Your Crown Lasts
When you first have our crown placed, avoid chewing on it for a day or so to let the cement set properly. It’s also a good idea to avoid chewing gum in the days right after your dental crown is placed.
It’s important to floss around your new crown to keep your gums healthy but be careful when you are moving the floss between the teeth. You can slide the floss out rather than lifting it to be on the safe side.
Don’t skip dental appointments. Not only should you have a dental examination and teeth cleaning every six month per American Dental Association recommendations for optimal oral health, but this also enables Dr. Simpkins to keep an eye on your dental crown and other restorations.
Call our Sarasota, FL dental office to find out more about dental crowns. We warmly welcome new patients.