Dental Crown Aftercare: Important Dos And Don'ts

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If you'll be getting a same day crown in the near future, you may be wondering what to expect in the days following the procedure. Fortunately, getting dental crowns placed is a relatively simple procedure that doesn't require much in the way of recovery. Still, there are some important aftercare tips to keep in mind for your comfort and for the longevity of your new crown.

Use a Sensitive Toothpaste

One of the most common "complications" people face after having a dental crown placed is tooth sensitivity. This is usually localized to the tooth that the crown was placed on and should go away on its own within a few days to a week. In the meantime, using a toothpaste specifically formulated for sensitive teeth can help to provide relief. If your tooth sensitivity doesn't subside within a week, call your dentist.

Brush and Floss as Normal

It's important to continue brushing and flossing as you normally would as soon as you return home from the dentist. Keeping the area free of bacteria is a must, so don't be afraid to floss around the affected tooth. Just try to do so gently.

Avoid Chewy and Crunchy Foods

Your dentist will likely provide you with a list of foods that should be avoided in the first days and weeks after getting your dental crown. This will include chewy, sticky, and crunchy foods. Some examples of these foods include caramel candies, tortilla chips, and pretzels. Even when you do resume eating these foods, you should avoid chewing on the side with the crown as much as possible.

Return For a Bite Evaluation

Your dentist will want to check your bite as soon as the crown is placed, but he or she will also probably ask you to return within 48 hours for a bite evaluation. This is important in making sure that the crown is placed properly and that no adjustments need to be made, so be sure to attend this appointment. A bite that is even slightly off can lead to serious dental problems and discomfort down the road.

Getting a dental crown is a relatively quick and painless procedure, but there are some important aftercare tips worth keeping in mind to ensure a smooth recovery. Following these tips will also protect your new dental crowns from potential damage. If you have any questions about your recovery, be sure to contact your dentist.


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