Dental crowns are strong and durable, but they can also be damaged and can even fall out of your mouth if you’re not careful. When that occurs, your tooth becomes vulnerable to damage, and the root of the tooth may even be exposed. That can be painful, so you want to make certain your crowns are kept as safe as possible. Here are a few different ways of preventing damage to your crowns.
Don’t Chew Hard Foods
Hard foods can be damaging to crowns, especially if you eat a lot of them. For most people, this isn’t an issue. However, if you have a bad habit of chewing ice or eating hard candies, you could damage your crown over time. If your crown gets chipped or otherwise damaged, it could even come lose and fall out. If that occurs, you’ll need to come see us for a replacement as soon as you can.
Wear Appropriate Protection
If you’re playing sports or riding any sort of vehicle without a cab (motorcycle, bicycle, etc.), make sure you always wear the right type of protection. This way, you’ll avoid taking a blow to the mouth that could cause your crown to fall out.
Another way of protecting your crown is to brush and floss as you regularly would. The acid produced by bacteria in the mouth can damage a crown’s material just as easily as it damages the enamel of your teeth. Brushing regularly with a fluoride toothpaste is the best way of keeping these bacteria out of your mouth.
Visit Us Twice a Year
Finally, you’ll want to come see us twice a year for your cleaning and checkup. We will make certain that your crown is in good condition and is solidly in place. Give us a call today to schedule a checkup if you haven’t already done so.