Getting a dental crown is an excellent investment in your smile. A crown protects the integrity of your natural tooth while adding the aesthetics of a natural-looking restoration to your smile.
Once you've invested in a new tooth crown, you'll want to follow some simple guidelines to protect it and ensure its longevity. Here are some helpful tips from our dentists in Denver, CO on aftercare for your dental crown.
#1 Commit to an Excellent Home Care Routine
Your crown protects what remains of your natural tooth by covering it with a porcelain restoration shaped and shaded to mimic it closely. You will need to brush and carefully floss around your new crown to guard against bacteria getting underneath it.
When you commit to a consistent home care routine of brushing twice and flossing once daily, you can keep your crown clean and plaque-free.
#2 Avoid Damaging Foods
Just like your natural teeth, certain foods can jeopardize the health and stability of your crown.
Sticky and chewy foods like gum, caramels, taffy or even steak could pull on your crown and cause it to come off.
Hard foods like nuts, ice, raw carrots, or apples could fracture or crack your new crown. So be careful when biting into hard foods, or cut them into smaller pieces whenever possible. And for both your natural teeth and your crown, always avoid chewing on ice, which could cause temperature sensitivity and tooth fractures.
#3 Visit Your Denver Dentist Every Six Months
Your dentist will check the health of your crown during your bi-annual dental examinations every six months and with x-rays once a year. Your dentist can detect problems with your teeth or your restorations early on so you can treat them before they become more significant concerns.
Your hygienist will remove any excess plaque from your teeth that you might miss at home to ensure the longevity of your dental crown.
Contact Litvak & Woller Esthetic Comprehensive Dentistry in Denver, CO
If you have more questions about dental crowns, we encourage you to give Litvak & Woller Esthetic Comprehensive Dentistry a call today at (303) 777-8850. Our dentists can help you determine whether you are a candidate for tooth crowns in Denver.