Dental crowns are a common and effective way to restore the function and appearance of damaged or decayed teeth. However, dental crowns are not immune to problems and complications that may affect oral health and comfort. Clifford C. Compton III DDS, PA specializes in dentistry in Concord, NC. Here are tips on preventing dental crown problems and what to do if they occur.
Avoid eating or drinking anything hot or cold for a few hours after getting a crown, as your tooth may still be sensitive after procedures such as dental implants and dental crowns. You should also avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods that may damage or dislodge your crown.
Good oral hygiene is essential for keeping your crown and the surrounding teeth and gums healthy and clean. Any respectable dentist would recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss at least once daily to remove plaque and food debris between your teeth. You can also use an interdental brush or a water flosser to clean around your crown.
Visit your preferred family dentistry clinic at least every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning. The dental appointment should include an examination of the crown and the underlying tooth for any signs of damage, decay, infection, or loosening.
Report any problems or concerns to your dentist. If you notice any symptoms or issues with your crown, such as pain, sensitivity, swelling, bleeding, cracking, chipping, or shifting, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible for emergency dentistry services. Your dentist will evaluate the situation and determine the best course of action. Depending on the severity of the problem, your dentist may repair, adjust, or replace your crown.
Dental crowns should be installed properly. Otherwise, you could end up with misalignment issues that would prompt TMD/TMJ treatments.
By following these tips, you can prevent dental crown problems and other issues such as sleep apnea from arising. Call us today to schedule an appointment.