Dental Crown and Bridge Preparation
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Post-Operational Care for Your Crown
Your mouth is extremely important and is why so much care is put into making sure it’s on top form. Unfortunately it is also very sensitive and requires extra special care after an operation such as a crown. Here are some tips to ensure the best recovery for your teeth.
There are some general precautions you need to take after you have a tooth operation. You might have a temporary dental crown on your tooth after surgery so there are certain things you need to ensure you do:
- Avoid chewy or sticky foods that could potentially stick to the crown and pull it off your tooth, such as caramel or gum.
- Avoid hard foods that could damage or dislodge the crown. Always shift the side of your mouth that does the bulk of the chewing to the opposite of where you had work done.
- When flossing, never pull the floss up and out but rather slide it out as this could potentially pull your crown out
When Can I Eat After a Crown?
This depends on the kind of crown you had done. If it is a temporary crown then you need to follow the instructions above when eating. Avoiding anything that could damage the crown in the short term especially if you are waiting for more work to be done. Try softer foods not only because it is good for your dental work but also because it may take time for you to get used to the crown.
However, a permanent crown is slightly different. Whilst you should follow the steps above for the first 24-32 hours, after such times you can continue as you did before. Both the gum and crown may be tender for up to a few weeks whilst the area is healing from the work done, but after about a month your tooth will be good as new.
How Will My Everyday Dental Care Change?
While the actual tooth is protected from decay, your gum line around the area is not; this is why your dentist might decide to prescribe a ‘high fluoride’ gel for you to use. In this case, you simply need to brush twice a day as normal and use the mouthwash or gel as instructed. Remember, a crown does not protect from gum disease.