If you have a large cavity or fracture, you may benefit from a dental crown at our Knoxville, TN practice. Dental crowns are custom-made to fit over the entire tooth structure, offering optimal reinforcement and strength.
These restorations can also be used as a cosmetic treatment to conceal aesthetics imperfections, such as chips, gaps, and discoloration.
Here, Dr. Thomas G. Zarger discusses foods and drinks to avoid with crowns so patients can enjoy a healthier, more beautiful smile for years to come.
While your permanent crown is being fabricated in our dental lab, your doctor will likely place a temporary restoration in the meantime. This will help protect the tooth from sensitivity and damage and will hold space for your new restoration.
Temporary crowns are bonded into place with temporary cement. As a result, they may become loose or dislodged after eating certain foods.
If you are wearing a temporary crown, we recommend avoiding:
We also recommend chewing on the other side of your mouth while the temporary crown is in place. This will help reduce the risk of tenderness and sensitivity.
When your final crown is ready, we will schedule you for another appointment. During this visit, your dentist will remove the temporary restoration and bond your permanent crown into place. Once this step is complete, you will have fewer dietary restrictions.
To maintain your crown and keep it healthy, steer clear of:
In addition, patients should avoid using their teeth as tools. In other words, never use your dental crowns (or natural teeth) to open packages, tear tags off of items, or groom your fingernails.
Now that we have explored what foods and drinks to avoid with dental crowns, we will discuss other ways to properly maintain them.
Be sure that you:
Have you recently received a dental crown? If so, knowing how to properly care for it can help preserve your smile and protect your oral health. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Zarger, call us or contact us online.