If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, you’ll probably need a dental crown to restore it to full health and function. Before you get your new crown, however, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
Caring For Your New Crown Before You Get It
Getting the most out of your new crown can actually start before you actually receive it.
Do you clench and grind your teeth a lot? Wake up in the morning with a stiff jaw?
Then you’ll want to get that seen to before you get your crown.
Crowns are made of tough and sturdy material, but even they won’t be able to withstand constant clenching and grinding. The surface will wear down much faster than it should, and it may become susceptible to its own chips and cracks.
Talk to your dentist about treatment for bruxism (teeth grinding) along with any discussion for getting a crown. The most common treatment is to get a splint that you wear at night to stop your teeth from touching while you sleep. This prevents late-night clenching and grinding, keeping your teeth — and new crown — safe.
Brushing and Flossing
You may get sick of hearing dentists telling you to brush and floss your teeth, but there’s a reason they do it:
Brushing and flossing is the single best way to take care of your teeth and keep them healthy and strong.
If more people brushed and flossed properly, dentists across the world would see their schedules free up drastically. Gingivitis, periodontitis, cavities — all of these can be largely prevented by brushing and flossing.
But what does that have to do with your new crown?
Caring for your new crown the same way you care for your natural teeth will help keep the crown functional for longer.
Your new crown is going to trap food like any other tooth in your mouth, and bacteria are going to eat that food. They’re then going to produce acid, which will wear down your crown just as much as it will a natural tooth.
This will weaken the crown and make it more susceptible to breaking.
Regular Dental Checks
Checking on the health of your crown will become part of your routine visits. If there are signs of wear or tear; if the crown has chipped or cracked; or if it’s started to come loose, your dentist will see it.
Early intervention is just as important with a dental crown as it is any other oral complication. A damaged crown can further damage the tooth it’s meant to be protecting, or even other teeth. Repairing or replacing it as soon as possible is essential.
Your Crown should Last For Years
There are many materials used to make dental crowns, such as composite resin, porcelain, and zirconium.
While all of these have different strengths and properties, one thing is the same; they should last for years. Porcelain and zirconium crowns should even last for a decade or more. With proper care, it’ll be a long time before you need to worry about repairing or replacing your crown.