Caring For Your Newly Treated Tooth
Dental restorations can extend the life of a damaged tooth – but please look after them!
We all hope that our teeth will stay strong and healthy if we take good care of them, and certainly, regular cleaning and dental checks will help to increase the chances of this. Few of us will escape ever having to have treatment though, and restorations such as a crown or root canal treatment usually means that we are able to keep our natural teeth for longer, rather than have to have them extracted.
Although restorations are generally made from artificial materials such as ceramic or porcelain which cannot decay, this does not mean that we do not need to look after them.
In today’s Blue Sky Dental blog, we will take a look at some of the common restorations that we carry out at our Chelmsford practice. We will also offer aftercare advice at the time of a procedure and are happy to answer any questions about them at any time.
Whether you have had an amalgam or a tooth coloured filling, it is always worth remembering that they are there. A filled tooth is usually a strong tooth, but this may depend on the size of the cavity that was filled. Larger cavities will naturally need larger fillings and will probably not be as strong as where a smaller filling has been used. Whilst a filling should enable you to eat most foods as you usually would, it is always worth avoiding biting down too hard.
You should always clean a filled tooth as you would your normal teeth. Minute gaps can sometimes appear between the filling and the tooth and whilst these may not cause discomfort, at least initially, bacteria can still enter. Keeping this risk at a minimum with regular brushing is important, as are regular six monthly checks at our Chelmsford dental practice, so that we can keep an eye on the condition of any fillings you might have.
Crowns are usually used where a tooth is so badly decayed or damaged that a filling would not provide it with sufficient strength. Although a crown can’t decay, it is attached to the natural tooth with a dental adhesive. It is especially important to clean all of the tooth, including the gum line, so that gum disease is avoided. Should the underlying natural tooth be compromised and decay or break away, the crown may no longer remain attached.
Although crowns are very stable, they can become detached on rare occasions. If this happens, please call Blue Sky Dental straight away for an appointment to reattach it. Under no circumstances should you attempt to do this yourself!
Much of the above aftercare also applies to root canal treated teeth which are usually completed with a crown. Because of their lack of sensitivity, due to the nerves being removed, it can be easy to bite harder than intended with your treated tooth. Although a root canal treated tooth should be strong enough for daily use, it will be weaker than your natural healthy teeth and you should avoid putting undue pressure on it.
If you have a tooth restoration and have concerns about it, we are always happy to see you to examine it, or offer advice over the phone where appropriate. If you would like to get in touch with one of the experienced dentists at Blue Sky Dental, you can call us on 01245 211070.