How to care for teeth with crowns

Crowns are dental restorations that are used to fix dental problems for many patients. It is also used to improve the look of one’s teeth as well improve chewing just like natural teeth would. And like our natural teeth, if crowns are not properly taken care of, it will deteriorate, and will not last long, which would need to be replaced prematurely.

Crowns are expensive equipment, so to be able to use it effectively for a long time we should know how to care and clean them.

After preparing teeth to put a permanent crown, it will need some time to fabricate the permanent crown, so in the meantime, the dentist will need to put temporary crown, while waiting for the real crown. This will take approximately 1-2 weeks. During this time, patients must be careful when eating, when brushing teeth, and when using dental floss, because often, temporary crowns will come out before the day the dentist makes an appointment to put the permanent crowns on. If this happens, you must have the dentist help to put it back in.

During permanent crown installation, the dentist will make sure it fits perfectly, and will check if adjustments must be made until it feels comfortable in the mouth. Of, course it still needs getting used to the crowns. From then on, you have to take care of the teeth, so you can use it for a long time.

Here are some tips to follow:

  • Because crowns are man-made, they are not as strong as natural teeth, so we may need to change our eating habits. Avoid chewing sticky things, biting hard food such as shells, seeds, nuts, hard bread to prevent crowns from cracking or damaged.
  • Clean crowns regularly, as you would your natural teeth. Generally, crowns last for 10-15 years if they are well looked after. Therefore, it is very important to clean crowns to reduce the risk of plaque formation and tooth decay.
  • Every time we eat, there will be a possibility of plaque formation in teeth, including crowns. If not cleaned as often as possible plaque sticks and stains teeth and crowns as well. Therefore, brushing your teeth after every meal or if not convenient At least I should gargle.
  • Brush at least 2 times a day, and use dental floss at least once a day. Choose toothpastes that contains fluoride, to maintain strong teeth
  • In addition to personal dental care, it is important to visit your dentist at least every 6 months to ensure that the teeth and crowns are in good condition.
  • If there are any abnormalities with the crowns; if there is pain, discomfort, irritation, you should make an appointment to consult a dentist immediately.

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