I Just Got a New Crown – Now What?
Teeth that have been damaged are often repaired using a dental crown. These are custom-fitted and made of heavy-duty porcelain. If cared for properly, they will give you many years of good service. Perhaps the most important time in caring for a new permanent crown is right after you get it. Here are some important tips and rules to remember:
- If you were given a local anesthesia, do not eat or drink anything hot until the anesthesia has completely worn off.
- It is normal to experience some soreness and discomfort in the area where your new crown was cemented. This should subside over the next few days. If the soreness is severe or wakes you at night, let your dentist know right away.
- During the first 24-48 hours, your mouth will be adjusting to your new crown and may feel a little out of sorts. This will subside shortly and you will feel normal again.
- If you feel like you are unable to adjust to the size and shape of your new crown, or if you feel that when you bite down you are “hitting high” on your new crown, you may need a bite adjustment.
- It is very important to resume normal brushing and flossing habits the same night that you get your new crown.
- Avoid tacky, sticky, chewy or doughy foods as they could cause dislodgment of your new crown. Also avoid hard or crunchy foods, carbonated beverages and chewing gum.
- If you are a tooth grinder, consider getting a night guard to protect your new crown.
- If you do wear a night guard, make sure it still fits comfortably after you get your new crown. Your dentist can help with any adjustments.
If cared for properly, new permanent crowns can last up to 15 years. Along with the suggestions above, remember to continue regular dental cleanings every six months. A good professional cleaning will ensure your crown is in good shape and lasts as long as it should.