People get dental crowns for various reasons. It could be a doctor’s recommendation for a weak or discolored tooth or simply for cosmetic reasons. It is usually a painless procedure and you should get used to having it in your mouth after a short while. Once you get a dental crown, the following are a few things that you should expect.
- You will need to avoid some foods.
Ideally, you can bite, chew and grind food perfectly with your crown. However, that does not mean that the crown is shatterproof. After you get a dental crown, there are certain foods that you are expected to avoid. These foods include hard foods such as nuts, candy, and ice among others.
- You still need to pay attention to your dental health.
Though a dental crown protects the crowned teeth from decay, it does not protect your mouth from gum diseases. If your dentist recognizes that you have a high risk of developing cavities, you should expect him to recommend a fluoride gel for you to use after getting a crown. In addition, you should take care of your dental health by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily.
- The crown may chip.
Dental crowns are made from different materials such as porcelain, ceramics, metal alloys and composite resin among others. Some materials such as porcelain are prone to chipping. If you have an all-porcelain dental crown, you can expect it to chip after a while. However, there is nothing to worry about as it can easily be repaired. You only need to get a new crown if the chipping is beyond repair.
It is recommended that you go for regular checkups with your dentist. Your dentist will be able to notice any irregularities such as cement falling off in time. You should also be keen on any discomfort or unusual odor in the mouth and contact your dentist as soon as possible.