A dental crown is often placed to protect the inner part of a tooth following a root canal or to hold together a damaged tooth. Whatever reason, you need to carefully provide your crown from damage. While we can replace one if it comes loose, that can result in pain or even further damage the tooth. Here are a few tips for keeping your dental crowns in good condition.
Watch What You Eat
Some foods are more likely to damage a crown than others. Anything very hard can cause a crown to break, so you should avoid eating these foods or chew them on the other side of your mouth. These include nuts, popcorn, hard candies, ice, and anything else that is fairly hard and could break your crown. Also, avoid sugary foods. While they may not necessarily damage the crown, they can damage the tooth it is placed on. That can cause the crown to become loose.
Get Bruxism Under Control
If you grind your teeth while you sleep, a condition known as bruxism, you may damage the crown. If you suffer from bruxism regularly, you should talk to us about a mouth guard. These plastic guards fit over your teeth and provide some protection from grinding. You can also work to determine the cause of your bruxism and deal with that.
Of course, one of the best ways of protecting your crown and all your other teeth is to keep regularly brushing. You should do so at least twice a day. Be sure you floss daily as well. You will want to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that is non-abrasive so you do not damage your teeth or gums. If you have any questions about the right way to brush or what toothbrush or toothpaste you should be using, we can help.
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Dr. Frank Sioda 18676 Willamette Dr. Suite 202 West Linn, OR 97068-1718
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