Good dental health doesn’t only mean having good oral health. It also means having that beautiful natural smile. This natural desire can be answered by having your dentist place porcelain crowns for added function and beauty while looking natural. Their natural mimicry of for a natural smile on your teeth makes them a preferable option for dental crowns.
Porcelain crowns, however, are not indestructible and your dentist will surely give you a list of things to do and not do to retain their function and beauty. Here are some ‘Dos’ and ‘Dont’s’ for your dental care.
As crowns are bonded over teeth, they become subject to decay. Brush and floss your teeth daily as a habit to prevent this. Brush the area with the porcelain crown with extra care and with more detail.
By keeping your teeth and gums healthy, you provide a solid foundation for dental health alongside retaining your porcelain crowns.
As an added precaution, visit your dentist every 6 months for a checkup. Prevention is the best cure for any sickness and going to your dentist will help prevent any buildup of bacteria or decay which your dentist would be able to trace and identify if you have a regular checkup. It also helps if you know your dentist well as a trusted professional expert within your area.
One reason why porcelain crowns fail is because of poor placement, to begin with. Wearing a bite guard is also recommended especially if you clench your teeth often. Studies show that clenching teeth often causes porcelain crowns to get damaged. A bite guard can help make your porcelain crown last long as much as possible and you can ask your dentist for a custom sized one.
While your dental porcelain crowns would have that natural look and feel, they are still nevertheless susceptible to damage if one were not careful.
Avoid chewing much on hard substances especially after your porcelain crown procedure with your dentist.
Avoid using your teeth in removing food packaging as well as this can damage the placement of the crown.
Avoid chewing on ice and hard candy.
Biting your fingernails and the tip of your pen is also discouraged as these activities could damage the placement and durability of the porcelain crown especially after being recently placed.
Lack of care may result with your dental porcelain crown to be destroyed and would have to be replaced by your dentist.
Dental crowns can last for at least 7 years with good oral hygiene. Sometimes, they could even last longer until 40 years. Keep in mind that the tooth underneath might be decaying even if the crown were to be fine, making a regular meeting with your dentist as indispensable.
There usually is no pain right after the dental procedure but you would have to contact your dentist if you do feel certain discomforts especially when you bite down. As porcelain crowns don’t last that very long, take it as a challenge to regularly care for your teeth more than ever and regularly meet your dentist to retain that beautiful smile and unscrupulous certainty of good oral health.
If you are looking for a dentist who can give you back your perfect smile, Dr. Hossein Ahmadian, DDS and his team at Arlington Advanced Dental Care are ready to help. Contact us today to set an appointment.