|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
March 24, 2017
Dental crowns are used to cap off a tooth that has been reduced in shape or size usually due to tooth decay. They can help improve the strength of the teeth and restore the appearance of one’s smile. There are two types of crowns, temporary or permanent. It is very important for you to take good care of all crowns on your teeth in order for them to last as long as they can.
Temporary Crown Care
A temporary crown is placed on teeth while you are waiting for the permanent crown to be made. The temporary crown helps to protect the tooth from further damage while waiting for the permanent one. Because they are only temporary, there are a few precautions that need to be taken in order for it to last. The following are a few things to do for you temporary crown:
- Stay away from sticky foods. They have the potential of grabbing and pulling off the crown. Sticky foods include chewing gum, taffy, caramel, etc.
- Try to minimize using the side of your mouth that has the temporary crown. Shift the majority of your chewing to the other side of the mouth.
- Avoid hard foods like raw vegetables or hard candies. Hard foods can dislodge or break the crown.
- When flossing, slide the floss out instead of lifting it out. Lifting the floss out like normal can pull the temporary crown off of the tooth.
Dental Crown Problems
Dental crowns are a permanent solution for many dental problems, but there can be some problems that arise with these crowns.
- Sensitivity and discomfort – Newly crowned teeth can be sensitive right after they are placed in. when crowned teeth still have the nerve in them, you can experience so heat and cold sensitivity. If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity when you bite down, then that means that the crown is too high on the tooth. If this happens, then talk to your dentist so they can fix it.
- Chipped crown – Crowns that are made out of porcelain can sometimes chip. When the chip is small, a composite resin can be used to repair the chip. If the chip is too big, then the whole crown may need to be replaced.
- Loose crown – Sometimes the cement that holds the crown in place can wash away. This will loosen the crown, but it will also allow bacteria to enter, causing further decay on the tooth. Go see your dentist if you feel your crown start to loosen.
- Crown falls off – Crown can sometime fall of the tooth it is on. Most crowns that fall out are due to an improper fit, a lack of cement or a small amount of tooth structure remaining that the crown can hold on to. If your crown comes off, make sure to clean the crown and the tooth it was covering. If you can’t get to your dentist right away, you can replace the crown temporarily with dental adhesive. Try to contact your dentist as soon as possible, because they will give you specific instructions on how to care for the tooth and crown while you wait to see your dentist. If your crown can’t be cemented back into place, then a new crown might need to be made.
- Allergic Reaction – Some crowns that are made out of metals are actually a mixture of different metals. Some people might have an allergic reaction to these metals, but this is extremely rare.
- Dark Lines on the Crown – Sometimes a dark line next to the gum line on the crowned tooth can form. This is normal, especially for crowns that are porcelain-fused-to-metal. The dark line is the metal of the crown showing through.
More Dental Crown Information
Dental crowns can last for five to fifteen years. The life span of the crown depends on how well you take care of them and the amount of wear and tear it takes on them. Keeping up with proper oral health practices is key in keeping your dental crown healthy. Try to avoid habits that can wear down the teeth and crown fast like grinding and clenching of the teeth, chewing on ice, biting fingernails and using your teeth to open things.
There are no special care requirements for a dental crown. But you have to remember that just because the tooth is capped, doesn’t mean that it is protected from further gum disease or decay. You must continue to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Make sure that you are especially cleaning around the capped tooth.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.