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Here’s what you can do to improve the longevity of your new crown.
Our dentist Dr. Herman Salzberg just placed your dental crown. Now what? Obviously, you want to keep your new teeth for as long as possible, which means following simple care instructions to keep your dental crown healthy and free from damage. Here are some ways to improve the lifespan of your new restoration,
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
It’s important that you are keeping your dental crown as clean as the rest of your natural teeth. Yes, we know your crown isn’t real but that doesn’t mean that you should just neglect it. In fact, you should treat it the same as your natural teeth, especially when it comes to oral care.
You should be brushing your teeth (including your crown) at least twice a day and flossing every day. If you have questions about brushing and flossing techniques, or what products are safe for your dental crown, our Palatine, IL, family dentist would be happy to answer your questions or provide you with recommendations.
Be Cautious of What You Eat
While dental crowns are made out of durable material it’s still important to be cognizant of what you’re eating and what could damage or pull your crown off. This is why you should avoid any foods that are too hard, crunchy or sticky. Some examples include,
- Ice (crunching or chewing ice is a big no-no, even if you don’t have a crown)
- Hard candy (especially if you have a tendency to crunch down on it)
- Taffy or caramels
Nix Bad Habits
Do you grind your teeth at night? Do you unconsciously chew the end of your pencil at work? These are all habits that can wear down teeth and damage your crown. If you want to keep your crown lasting as long as possible (and we imagine you do), then you’ll want to talk to your dentist about helpful ways to ditch these habits for good. Your dentist may recommend wearing a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night.
Whether you have questions about caring for your dental crowns here in Palatine, IL, or you simply need to schedule a routine cleaning, call our office today at (847) 359-6766 to schedule your next appointment.
Could dental crowns offer the perfect solution for your smile issue? Your Palatine, IL, dentist, Dr. Herman Salzberg, can help you find out!
What are dental crowns?
Crowns, also called caps, slip over your teeth for complete coverage and protection. Made of life-like materials such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin, these restorations both resemble the appearance and durability of natural tooth enamel!
How can dental crowns help me?
Crowns are one of the most versatile dental restorations available today, and they are a good choice if you want to:
- Improve the Way a Tooth Looks: Crowns hide discolored teeth, extend teeth that are too short, and can even completely change the shape of a tooth. Adding a crown is a simple way to alter the appearance of a crooked or twisted tooth.
- Protect a Fragile Tooth: Cracks, brittle teeth, large fillings, and root canals can weaken teeth and increase the risk that they'll break. Luckily, crowns protect the fragile tooth underneath them by taking the brunt of biting forces.
- Restore a Broken Tooth: Broken teeth are unattractive and make biting and chewing difficult. Your new crown will ensure that no one can tell you ever had an issue with your smile.
- Fill Gaps in your Smile: Crowns are part of bridges, fixed dental appliances that replace missing teeth. They're also paired with dental implants to create new teeth. Implants are titanium posts that bond to your jawbone and replace missing tooth roots.
What happens when I receive a crown?
The first step in the dental crown process requires decreasing the size of your tooth by filing it on all sides. This allows for a perfect crown fit that feels and looks completely natural! After the tooth is prepared, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth to then send to a dental laboratory. The lab then uses these impressions to create a crown that is unique to your size and needs.
You'll wear a temporary crown for a few weeks while you wait for your permanent crown. Once the permanent crown is ready, you'll return to our Palatine dental office for your second appointment. After making a few small adjustments, your dentist will attach the restoration to your tooth with dental cement, and your new smile will be complete!
Enhance your smile with dental crowns! Call your Palatine, IL, dentist, Dr. Herman Salzberg, at (847) 259-6766 to schedule an appointment.
Would you like to improve the appearance or function of a damaged tooth? You may benefit from a dental crown. Palatine, IL, dentist Dr. Herman Salzberg offers dental crowns and other services and treatments you need to keep your smile healthy.
What are dental crowns?
Commonly called "caps," dental crowns fit over the top of teeth, completely encasing them. To ensure a comfortable fit, the tooth must be reduced in size in preparation for the crown. After your Palatine dentist reduces the size of the tooth, he'll make an impression of your mouth that will be used to create your restoration. Crowns are made of tough materials that closely resemble tooth enamel, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin.
How can a dental crown restore a damaged tooth?
Adding a dental crown can be very helpful if you have a crack in your tooth. Although the tooth may seem fine, it may eventually break if you don't protect it with a crown. Cracks also provide convenient pathways for bacteria to enter your teeth. Once inside, bacteria can cause cavities or infections. Crowns are designed to absorb biting forces, which protects the teeth underneath.
A crown may also be recommended if your tooth has fractured or broken. Broken teeth aren't just unattractive but can be very painful. Thanks to your new crown, you'll be able to chew normally and will no longer feel self-conscious when you smile.
Are crowns used for other purposes?
Crowns may also be recommended if you:
- Undergo a Root Canal: Root canals remove tooth pulp and replace it with a large filling. Although your treated tooth works just fine, it becomes weaker due to root canal therapy. Adding a crown adds much-needed strength.
- Have a Filling Issue: Crowns cover fillings that have become loose and are also used as an alternative to traditional fillings if the decayed area is extensive.
- Are Concerned About a Short Teeth: Short teeth can alter your bite, causing pain and other issues. Crowns extend teeth that are naturally short or have shortened due to grinding.
- Want to Conceal a Cosmetic Issue: Crowns are used to hide discolored teeth, cover imperfections and completely change the shape of teeth.
Keep your smile strong and healthy with dental crowns! Call your Palatine, IL, dentist, Dr. Salzberg, at (847) 359-6766 to schedule an appointment.