After getting a crown, the goal is that your tooth is completely repaired and all will be well, right? But the dental crown process is just the beginning of restoring your tooth! It’s important to keep your crown clean and to monitor it for any abnormal changes or discomfort. In this article, we’ll give an overview of common dental crown problems to watch out for.
Tooth decay doesn’t damage the crown itself since it is made of artificial material. However, decay can erode the tooth beneath it and compromise the anchoring of the dental crown. For the decay to be cleaned out, the crown must be removed. To avoid this, brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste. Additionally, floss at least once a day and keep up with your regular dental cleanings.
Some people with crowns suffer from discomfort or sensitive teeth when they consume very hot or cold foods or beverages. If this is true for you, you should have it examined as soon as possible. It’s possible the crown has come loose and is not completely covering your tooth. Until it can be looked at, try brushing with an anti-sensitivity toothpaste to reduce your feeling of sensitivity.
After getting a crown, your gums may be a little sore as the crown settles. This swelling is temporary and should resolve soon. But if you experience intense pain or discomfort, especially if it lasts for several days or longer than a week, let us know. The biting surface of your crown may need to be adjusted, you may need a mouthguard for undiagnosed teeth grinding, or you may need root canal therapy.
Dark lines may show up on porcelain crowns infused with metal. Some may find this aesthetically unappealing, but it’s nothing to worry about. The darkness is simply the crown’s metal. However, if you want, it can be replaced with an all-ceramic or all-porcelain crown.
If you are experiencing any crown-related problems, give us a call here at Heritage Dental to set up an appointment with Dr. Nguyen!