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Caring for Dental Crowns

If you suffer from excessive decay or damage, you risk developing further dental complications. Dental crowns could help protect your natural tooth structure and prevent the need for extraction. After getting a crown, it’s crucial that you maintain it to help provide proper protection for your teeth.

Dental crowns could help protect your natural tooth structure and prevent the need for extraction or other invasive procedures.

How to Care for Dental Crowns

For the first day or two after getting a crown, it’s natural to feel a little discomfort or sensitivity around the area. The first 24 hours are the most crucial to ensure your crown sets properly and restores your bite. However, maintaining your dental crown is a lifetime commitment.

Oral Hygiene

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is essential for the longevity of dental crowns. Brushing twice daily and flossing helps prevent plaque buildup around the crowned tooth. When flossing, be careful not to pull up too hard or fast on the floss. This could cause it to catch on the crown, potentially pulling it off. Instead, try threading the floss through your teeth from back to front.

Routine Dental Appointments

Regular dental check-ups help ensure the crown remains in optimal condition and that any issues are addressed promptly. A professional cleaning can also help ensure that your natural tooth structure and surrounding gums are free of plaque or tartar. If your tooth or gums become infected, your dental crown may also suffer damage.

Avoid Certain Chewing Habits

Chewing on hard surfaces could fracture your crown, and eating gummy foods could cause it to loosen or fall out. A proper diet is crucial for maintaining your crown and oral health. Avoid chewing on things like ice, gum, or the end of a pen to help your crown stay stronger for longer.

Use a Nightguard

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, exerts excessive pressure on the crown, potentially leading to damage. Many patients suffer from teeth grinding, especially at night. Using a custom-made nightguard could help mitigate this risk.


Dental crowns at Lee, Bonfiglio, Vesely, and Associates offer numerous benefits, from restoring damaged teeth to enhancing overall dental aesthetics. Patients receive comprehensive care, ensuring both the functional and cosmetic success of their dental crowns. We are deeply committed to your oral health and encourage anyone experiencing dental issues or seeking cosmetic improvements to schedule a consultation with our experienced dental team. Your oral health matters, and we remain dedicated to providing the highest quality care.

Articles by: Lee, Bonfiglio, Vesely & Associates


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