Caring For A New Dental Crown
Useful aftercare tips from our Chelmsford dentists.
A dental crown, or ‘cap’ as it may be referred to by some, is an effective way to restore a tooth that has broken or is decayed where a filling would not give it sufficient strength. They are also used as the final part of both a root canal and dental implant procedure.
In general, crowns remain strong and intact, but if not looked after correctly, can cause problems for the patient, especially in the period just after treatment.
With this in mind, we offer some words of advice for Chelmsford patients of Blue Sky Dental, on how to ensure a strong and secure dental crown for many years.
Temporary dental crowns
When dental crowns are to be fitted, impressions are taken of the teeth to ensure accuracy, comfort and a natural appearance when treatment is complete. The impressions are then sent to a dental laboratory for the crown to be manufactured. This can mean a delay of a week or more before the crowns are returned for fitting. As this would leave the prepared teeth in a compromised state, temporary dental crowns are fitted, and, as these are not manufactured to the precise tolerance of the final version, it is often with these that some issues arise.
Special care should be taken to avoid exerting excessive force on temporary crowns and you should try to avoid using them to bite down on hard foods. This should wait until your permanent crowns are fitted and settled.
Once your custom dental crowns arrive back at Blue Sky Dental, you will be recalled to have them fitted. The temporary crown will be removed and your new crown attached using a strong dental adhesive. You should avoid putting too much pressure on these new crowns for a short while whilst the dental cement hardens and forms a strong bond.
Below, we offer a few simple tips that should help to keep your new crowns strong and healthy for a long time to come.
- When new, avoid eating hard foods or chewing substances like chewing gum which may cause the crown to be pulled away from the tooth.
- Avoid very hot or cold food and drinks for a short time afterwards if you have had a local anaesthetic
- Allow yourself time to adjust to your new crowns. It may feel strange initially and may take a few days to become accustomed
Ongoing care of your dental crowns and general oral health should not be ignored. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, we strongly recommend regular visits to our Chelmsford dentist and hygienist to help keep your mouth in great shape.
For ongoing, professional oral health care, please call our Blue Sky Dental team on 01245 211070.