Just had a dental crown put in? You might have some questions like how to take care of it and what to expect. At Silverstone Dental in Richmond, TX, we understand this can be a frustrating time for you. Let’s go over some of these questions and answer them so that you can feel reassured.
Whether you got a crown here at Silverstone Dental or elsewhere, you might be afraid of doing something that’ll affect it. Some patients are afraid of eating because they think it could damage the crown.
You can eat after the procedure. However, you should wait until the effects of the local anesthesia wear off to avoid accidentally biting your lips and tongue. There are not many restrictions on what you can eat after the numbness is gone.
We recommend that you avoid eating hard foods or biting your nails. These recommendations are most important with porcelain crowns because they’re not as resilient as metal ones. You should also avoid sticky foods, especially during the first 24 hours, as they can affect the crown’s attachment.
Brush your teeth normally with special attention to the tooth with the crown. Try and brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once per day.
Crowns last between 5 to 15 years. Metal crowns last the longest. How long a crown lasts will depend on several factors like how well you take care of your oral hygiene, the type of crown, and if you’re biting on hard objects and foods.
Dental crowns aren’t without complications, although most people don’t get them. You might feel pain or extra sensitivity in the affected tooth. If it persists for over a couple of days after the procedure, you should come in so that we can identify the problem and fix it for you.
You might also notice your crown becoming loose or chipped. These occur after a long time and need to be dealt with quickly, especially loose crowns. The gaps between a loose crown and a tooth can serve as hiding spots for bacteria, which is something we don’t want to happen.