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Dentistry Part 2: What was underneath my crown, and other updates
The Dangers of crowns, Root canals and Pulling teeth
- What to Avoid Eating With a Crown
- Foods and Drinks to Avoid with Temporary Crowns
- Foods and Drinks to Avoid with Permanent Crowns
- Other Tips to Preserve Your Permanent Crown
- Gap in between crown and gums.
- CEREC crown is irritating my gums
- Reasons a Crown Might Cause Irritation
- Treatment Options for a CEREC Crown that Irritates Your Gums
- Do Your Teeth Hurt When Food Gets Stuck in Them?
- Is Food Stuck Between Teeth Painful?
- 10 Foods To Avoid After Dental Crown Placement
I’m happy to report that I am currently doing very well dentally. However this was not the case for the past 7 months!
It all started last June when a molar that had an old filling in it cracked in half! And of course, my dentist was out of town. There was no pain, but both halves were still attached and I couldn’t chew on that side without food packing into the crack, spreading the tooth pieces apart. It was difficult to clean as you can imagine. I was at that time flying to Michigan every 2 weeks to help my chiropractor friend who had broken his back, so I had to get the tooth patched up before my plane left to go back to Michigan.
So I naturally went to another dentist who could get me in right away.
He did an amazing job extracting the broken piece and then patching the tooth. He said it needed a crown, but he wanted to wait 3 months to make sure the root wasn’t infected.
After 3 months I returned to the new dentist and he started the crown prep.
(I could have gone to my dentist at this point, but this new guy had done such a good job with the temporary patch, and he got me in right away for the emergency cracked tooth, I figured the least I could do was to let him do the crown),
Life lesson reminder:Follow your gut instinct.
It usually keeps us out of trouble.
I had never had a crown before so I didn’t know what to expect, though he did explain things as he went.Let’s take a time out here with a short FYI on Dental Crowns:
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.
The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
* To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
* To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
* To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left.
* To hold a dental bridge in place.
* To cover mis-shaped or severely discolored teeth.
* To cover a dental implant.
* To make a cosmetic modification.
Crowns can be made of:
fused to metal (PFM)Porcelain
fused to zirconia
So he ground down the tooth, put some liquid rubbery stuff on it, had me bite down for 2 minutes as the rubber hardened into a mold of my bite, then sent the mold away to a crown-making company. He put on a temporary crown and sent me home. A few days later he called me back to put the permanent crown on. He gave me a shot to numb the tooth, pulled off the temporary and put on the permanent.
It was the wrong color.
So he put the temp back on, sent me home to wait for a new crown with the right color to be made. A few days later he brought me back in, tried the 2nd new crown, but when I closed my teeth, it broke. So he took another mold, and sent me home to wait.
In the meantime, the temporary crown didn’t feel right… it came loose, so I went in to get it re-glued. Then the 3rd new crown came in, this time it was lined with metal underneath to make it stronger. This one too cracked the corner when I bit down.
More waiting, more loose temps, a broken temp, more jaw pain, headache, fatigue from the bacteria that must have been trying to get in the irritated gum around the tooth stub.
Several permanent crowns were not snug enough next to the adjacent teeth and had to be remade (the dental floss didn’t “snap.”)
A patient of mine is a retired dental assistant. I told her the story in the middle of the process and she said I should count myself lucky because in her experience many dentists will just leave a permanent crown that isn’t right, then you get problems with it down the road and end up needing a root canal because of the crown not being right all that time.
Finally, after countless shots and office visits, and 5 months later, the final permanent crown was glued in place.
I should have been relieved, but the tooth and gum were very sore still. So I patiently waited for the soreness to subside, because now there was no reason for it to be a problem. 6 weeks later it was still substantially sore. I figured out that if I flossed it after EACH meal and snack, it didn’t hurt so much.
So I made an appointment with my original dentist (the one who had been on vacation) to have him examine the crown to see if it looked okay.
He has a dental camera and video screen that he used so I could see what he was seeing. The crown had a slight gap on about 10% of the line between it and the adjacent tooth. He said I was packing food between the teeth causing microbial growth and irritation of the gum and tooth.
He also used an electrical meter to test if there was any electrical current coming off the tooth. He explained that a battery consists of metal and an acid or electrolyte solution that interact together. He said that any metal in the mouth, surrounded by the electrolyte solution called saliva, can sometimes give off an electrical current. He said his wife had once had an electrical current of -4 mV coming off her crown that was causing chest pain and left sided facial droop. Once her metal lined crown was replaced with a non metal crown, her chest pain and facial droop went away!
As he spoke, I remembered having a “potato” clock as a child. It was a clock with four metal probes, each attached to the clock by electrical wire. You just cut a potato in half, put two of the probes into each half of the potato, and the clock would turn on. It would run until the potato dehydrated which was usually weeks later. You could also use an apple or a lemon.
So he tested my new crown (that had a metal underlayer) and it had an electrical current coming off it of -32 mV!
He was surprised I didn’t have migraines or anxiety or other really bad symptoms.
So needless to say, he said I needed a new crown! I had mixed feelings, as you might expect. As I sat there, like a deer in the headlights, he kept talking. I wasn’t really hearing what he was saying, then off in the corner of my brain I heard him say,
“So it’s a one day procedure…,” I was confused.
I asked him how it was possible to redo the crown in one day?
Now he looked confused and asked me if I didn’t know about their in-office crown making machine?
It turns out that they have a laser scanner that digitally puts a 3D picture of your tooth stub and surrounding teeth into the computer, the computer generates a suggested new crown, the dentist tweaks the 3D crown so it looks just perfect, then a machine in the back room (a CNC machine) cuts an exact replica out of a “blank tooth” of the computer generated model of the crown that you need!
Again, mixed emotions.
Anger that I didn’t know about this and do this the first time, saving me 7 months of misery; joy that I’m gonna finally get my life back once he fixes this, and fear about how much this is gonna cost.
This has got to cost 3 times the price of the crown I just had put in, right?
Nope. Same price!!!
So I immediately scheduled for him to redo the crown. It took about 4 hours, but was completed same day. Immediately I felt like the rain cloud that had been over my head for the past two months was gone (was this from getting rid of the -32 mVs?). I had two other visits with him the next week to “readjust” the new crown so my bite was just right (no extra charge and no shots needed for this.) And about a week after, the crown feels like a normal tooth again!
And just because you like your dentist, trust your dentist, and hate starting with a new doctor or dentist, i strongly consider going to a dentist who has a CNC crown making machine with a laser scanner so you can get your crown done right and done the same day.
The thing to try and keep in front of your mind is that if you have had some very bad experiences, dentists have evolved, not only themselves but their equipment.
Also, there’s little reason to use metal lined crowns nowadays. Remember that most crowns today, though white on top, have a lining of metal underneath. And, it’s not worth getting a crown that isn’t perfect, because it can increase your risk for needing a root canal later on.
If your dentist is using metal crowns or not using a CNC machine to do same day crowns, likely they will have good sounding reasons why they do what they do and why metal is harmless and so forth.
I’m not a dentist, so I guess I don’t know for sure who is right, but all I can do is share my experience with you.
Now that I know about this, I have begun to find a few of my patients with lingering health issues who may need their metal crowns replaced. I’ll keep you posted with their progress.
If you live in the Fresno area, I’d be happy to share the name of the same-day-crown dentist above so that you can have a consultation with him if you are interested, just let me know.
A word about replacing metal fillings: Please be careful if you choose to remove metal fillings.
These are 50% mercury by weight. The mercury is relatively stable while in the filling, but when removing it from the tooth, the grinding process puts lots of mercury vapors into the air. If you breath this in, you are getting poisoned more than you were before removing it. So please, don’t put any new metal fillings into your mouth or your kids’ mouths, and be very careful when choosing a dentist to remove metal fillings. I can refer you to safe removal dentists if you want.
A word about root canals:These are not a good idea.
They can sometimes harbor toxic anaerobic bacteria in them, slowly releasing their poisons into your body, causing a mild background inflammation.
The underlying ever-present component of all modern diseases (cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease, mood disorders, digestive disorders, chronic pain) is inflammation. Toxins are one cause of inflammation.
The alternative is a dental implant.
These are more costly but my pay off in the long run if your health is better as you age, as a result of the implant vs. the root canal. Again, don’t just go anywhere for a dental implant. Educate yourself. Again I can give you referrals if you wish.
But most importantly, lets get you to the best dentist possible who can help keep your teeth and crowns and fillings healthy so you never need a root canal.
Honestly, if you are living right, and you need a root canal, it’s your dentist’s fault because he either didn’t do the right dental corrective procedures with the right dental materials, or he didn’t educated you on how to protect you teeth properly.
Lessons learned – and hopefully my experience will help you avoid such a nightmare!
And, lets get you to the best alternative doctor (like me) so that you can learn how to eat the best diet, avoid the common exercise pitfalls, and take safe and effective supplements to prevent gum and tooth disease from the inside out.
Yours in health,
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Please also read:
Dentistry Part 2: What was underneath my crown, and other updates
The Dangers of crowns, Root canals and Pulling teeth
Have you ever been eating some food when suddenly something–pieces of food or meat fibers–get stuck between your teeth or in your gum line? Normally this is uneventful, as you can simply rinse the material away with lukewarm salt water or mouthwash. But sometimes this can present a problem, especially if you have a habit of chewing on non-food objects, like pencils and pens, and a fragment of the foreign object breaks off in your mouth and gets stuck.
The first thing to do if something like this occurs is to remain level-headed. Even if you’re in discomfort, distress or pain, you need to keep a cool head. Our team has a few simple tips to help you safely remove a foreign object or food particle that has become stuck in your gums.
1- Never attempt to use toothpicks or sharp, pointed tools to pry the object out of your gums. This could seriously injure your gums or even damage your teeth. If your gums are bleeding, rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salt water can help soothe injured gum tissues, wash away blood and give you an unobstructed view of the area.
2- In most situations, the first thing you want to reach for is waxed dental floss. The wax coating on the strand can help it slide in and around the object easily. Be sure not to force the floss into place as you don’t want to injure your gums.
3- If waxed dental floss fails to dislodge the object, you could try a water flosser/oral irrigator to loosen it or any debris blocking you from direct access.
Finally, if the above options don’t work and you still can’t easily remove the object from your gums, you can call Dr. John P. Blake’s Lake Orion, Michigan office at 248.693.5800 to seek professional treatment. We are always happy to help you care for your smile!
What to Avoid Eating With a Crown
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap perfectly designed to fit over your natural tooth to restore its strength, size, and appearance. If you are suffering from extensive tooth damage due to dental decay or trauma, a dental crown can be a perfect tooth restoration procedure to fortify your tooth. The dental crowns will be placed over the damaged tooth to give it the much-needed strength.
The dental crown procedure is necessary in several dental situations to protect a weak tooth, to restore the appearance of a chipped or broken tooth, to make a cosmetic alteration, to cover a dental implant, or even to hold a dental bridge in place.
Normally, a dental crown should last about a decade. However, with proper oral care, a dental crown can serve some patients for as long as 25 years. Fortunately, dental crowns do not require any special oral care aside from observing good and proper dental care practices like brushing and flossing at least twice daily, caring for your dental crown is very easy.
Aside from regular brushing and flossing, much of this proper oral care practices has to do with the foods and drinks that are being consumed after the dental crown procedure. Here is a list of diets to avoid with a dental crown in place:
Before you leave the dental office after the first visit, your dentist would bond a temporary dental crown on your tooth using temporary cement. Hence, the temporary crown is not as strong as the permanent crown. The temporary dental crown protects the repaired tooth, prevents bacteria from infecting the tooth, and prevents sensitivity. Temporary crowns are bonded into place with temporary cement.
With the temporary dental crown, it is very important to avoid taking anything crunchy or very sticky. This is to prevent dental crowns from pulling off or breaking under high force. More so, you may choose to return to your normal diet after the anaesthesia is worn off.
Few days after the procedure, your repaired tooth and gum may still be tender, and sometimes it is better for you to stick to a softer diet.
Foods and Drinks to Avoid with Temporary Crowns
With the temporary dental crown, the following few precautions should be taken:
- Avoid chewy or sticky foods, such as caramel, taffy, and gum. These foods can grab and pull out the crown.
- Avoid chewing hard foods, such as granola, hard candy, and ice. These goods can break off or dislodge the crown.
- Avoid foods that are extremely cold or hot
- Avoid tough foods like hard bread or steak.
It is also advisable that you chew less on the affected mouth part but chew more with the opposite side of your mouth. This will reduce the possibility of dislodgement or damage to the dental crown. More so, when flossing, slide out the flossing material instead of lifting it out. You may mistakenly pull off the temporary crown when lifting the floss out.
Once you receive the permanent crown, it is important for you to avoid sticky diets for the first 24hours. After then, you may return to your normal diets and oral practices.
Foods and Drinks to Avoid with Permanent Crowns
When you receive your permanent dental crown, you will have fewer dietary restrictions. Nonetheless, there are still a few diets to avoid, which include:
- Hard or crunchy foods like pretzels, seeds, or nuts. These types of foods can break or chip your dental restoration.
- Sticky foods like steak and candies. These foods can pull off or potentially dislodge your dental crown. More so, be mindful of your dental crown when choosing snacks.
- Popcorn and nuts. Biting down on nuts or accidentally on an uncooked popcorn kernel can be harmful to your dental crown.
- If you’re the type that likes chewing on ice, it is important that you stop as this can cause damage to your dental crown.
- Raw vegetables. It is advisable to eat cooked vegetables and not raw vegetables. Cooked vegetables are softer and will not harm or damage your dental restoration.
Other Tips to Preserve Your Permanent Crown
In addition to the diets to avoid above, there are some certain lifestyles and behaviors to choose or avoid if you have a dental crown, these include:
- Using your teeth as tools: never use your teeth as tools, they are never one. Try as much as possible not to use your teeth to open packages, bite your fingernails, tear off tags from clothing, and open crown corks. Doing these can damage both your natural teeth and dental crowns.
- Brushing and flossing regularly: dental crowns do not require special oral care. They can be cared for just like your natural teeth. Therefore, brushing and flossing at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste can make your dental crown last longer.
- Schedule a regular appointment (or at least every six months) with your dentist for dental cleanings and check-ups: This practice is important whether you have a dental crown or not.
- Avoid dark-coloured foods and drinks: most dental crowns are made from high-grade porcelain that is resistant to discolouration and staining. However, porcelain crowns can take on a slightly different colour at their edges over time due to the consumption of dark-coloured foods and drinks. Contrariwise, the dark-coloured foods and drinks may change the shade of your natural teeth causing them to look darker or yellowish than the dental crown.
By carefully following the above guidelines, you would be protecting your dental crown and preserving your investment.
Patients with stained, discoloured, damaged, broken, or decayed teeth can benefit from our dental crowns Houston practice. We offer professional dental crown procedures to cover, strengthen, and reinforce your affected tooth.
Although dental crowns Houston are durable, they are susceptible to chipping or breakage. Here at Edge Dental Houston, our qualified team of dentists will discuss with you the kind of foods to choose or to avoid so as to protect your dental crowns and overall oral health. Contact Edge Dental Houston today.
Gap in between crown and gums.
I am in the same situation as there is a gap between the gum and crown. I didn’t however know that the tooth was exposed until just a few days ago. The gray cement that was placed was so much in the way that I couldn’t see the tooth. I got the crown 9 years ago. Apparently the cement covered the tooth but now the cement has worn off enough the tooth is exposed. I was told it is vulnerable to decay, plus you have to worry about your gum line with stuff getting caught in there. It may get infected and you don’t want any infection around that tooth exposed. (Food gets caught in mine too!) I knew I had to replace the crown soon. (Seriously been putting it off. I am in fear of this!) Since I have had years of gradual exposure it has bought me some time. Since yours is currently this way, I would definitely go back immediately. As with mine, there should be no gaps. You paid good money for it. Make sure you get what you are paying for. If you wait to have them replace it, the warranty will be over (If they have one and the dentist guarantees his work) and they will make you pay for it. Since it has been permanently cemented in, you most likely will have to get a new one. I was explained that they have to cut the crown to get it off. My advice it to go back in and make sure they understand your concerns. Hang in there. I know you will eventually get a proper fitting crown that is beautiful- hopefully not having to pay for it.
CEREC crown is irritating my gums
I got 3 CEREC crowns in late August. When I got the crowns, the dental assistant forewarned me that the gum tissue around the top left incisor was pretty irritated. I did as she said and I used warm salt water rinses for 2 weeks. Even though she recommended that I do it for a week, I didn’t notice much improvement so I kept doing the rinses. That was August. So now in November I still have gum irritation around the one CEREC crown. When I brush or floss around the crown it bleeds a little. The tooth is also painful and sensitive when I touch it. I called my dentist’s office but I think the overall response is too casual. I even went into the office. The dentist looked at the crown and my gums and said it is healing, so give it more time. I am not sure what more time really means, but I am wondering, am I going to need a new crown? Thanks Konnor
Konnor – The persistent swelling and bleeding of your gum tissue indicates you have an infection. After almost three months, the area should have healed by now. Patients who smoke or who have diabetes that is not well controlled might take longer to heal.
Any type of crown—not just a CEREC crown—can cause the type of irritation you describe. The issue might be resulting from the way the crown was seated or from inadequate flossing.
Reasons a Crown Might Cause Irritation
- A gap – If there is a gap between the crown and your gums, bacteria can get beneath the crown. It will irritate the gums and can promote decay in the tooth. In either case, an infection can result.
- The crown margin – It is also possible that the margins of your CEREC crown are putting pressure on your gumline and causing irritation.
- Inadequate flossing – It can be difficult to floss between teeth when you have crowns. Ensure the floss is getting between your teeth. If you are having difficulty flossing, try a floss pick or a water flosser. Continue to use the warm salt water rinses, because they do promote healing of the gum tissue.
Ask your dentist to take a closer look at your crown and gum tissue. He or she should be willing to pursue the matter with an x-ray to identify the cause of irritation.
Treatment Options for a CEREC Crown that Irritates Your Gums
- Your crown might need to be removed and repositioned.
- If the crown is a poor fit for your tooth, a new one will need to be made.
- If you have periodontal (gum disease), it will be treated with deep dental cleaning and antibiotics if necessary.
If you don’t get assistance in a reasonable amount of time, consider getting a second opinion from an experienced CEREC dentist.
This post is sponsored by the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, the office of Dr. Debra King.
Do Your Teeth Hurt When Food Gets Stuck in Them?
Teeth that are straight and healthy are unlikely to have food stuck between them. Unfortunately, some people end up with food stuck between their teeth on a daily basis. Food stuck between teeth, teeth and gums or in within teeth should not be a routine experience. If you find food gets stuck between your teeth, there is likely something wrong with your dental health.
Is Food Stuck Between Teeth Painful?
There is potential for bits of food between the teeth to prove painful. If you find that food between your pearly whites causes pain on a regular basis, then it is a sign of an oral health issue. If you neglect this problem, it will only cause your oral health issue to get worse and cause serious pain. You should not have to endure such pain while eating or living your life.
In some cases, people experience immediate and sharp pain when food is stuck in a tooth. Food can stick to the upper portion, front/back of a tooth and between teeth. Such food can trigger a nasty pain in the tooth. This pain only increases as you bite or put any other pressure on the tooth.
Why Does Pain Occur After Food is Stuck in Teeth?
In some cases, the pain stemming from food in or between teeth is attributable to the fact that it is sticking to a cavity. Cavities have the potential to penetrate right into the dentin. In other cases, cavities will form near the tooth pulp. Sometimes, cavities will penetrate the tooth pulp and cause pain that lasts until the individual seeks professional dental treatment.
Reconstructive dentistry procedures like fillings or dental crowns are usually necessary for such an instance. If the cavity moves all the way to the pulp, a root canal will be necessary. If food remains between teeth, it can also cause the teeth to move to the sides, leading to considerable pain.
Some people compare this pain to the pain from tightening braces. This is a fairly dull pain involving pressure in the tooth or gums near anchored teeth. Food in this manner can impact the alignment of the teeth. Thus it is important to remove it sooner rather than later.
Food Stuck Between Teeth and Gums
Anything from popcorn to seeds, meat, leafy greens and all sorts of other foods can become lodged between the teeth. When this occurs, there will almost certainly be a sharp pain. Do not neglect this sign. If food remains positioned beneath the gum line, it might cause an infection. Furthermore, it will cause pain, swelling and a gross odor.
A patient with such a problem might have receding gums. This issue can also cause the loss of an adjacent tooth. If there is food between your teeth and gums, or in teeth, it is a sign you need assistance from a dentist right away. Do not hesitate to call us and schedule an appointment. We will identify the cause of the issue and recommend an effective treatment.
Please call Sandefer Premier Dental today at (225) 663-1793!
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We’ve all been in uncomfortable situations when food gets stuck between our teeth. Corn on the cob at a summer cookout, a mysterious popcorn kernel that can’t be dislodged at the movie theater, a tough piece of meat that wedged itself between two back molars during dinner, or a poppy seed from a bagel that found its way into an unknown crevice – these are all common occurrences. But for some people they deal with much worse and on a frequent basis.
For example, some people realize that two of their teeth are just far enough apart to constantly trap food. They may even avoid chewing on that side of the mouth in an attempt to minimize the frustration of getting food stuck. While that may be a quick fix, it’s not a long-term solution to the issue. The real question is – why does food get stuck in that location?
To answer the question, Moore Family Dental would need to schedule an appointment to evaluate your teeth. Besides the pressure and awkward feeling of having food stuck, there may be a bigger problem to detect. Possible reasons food may be getting stuck are:
- Too much space between adjacent teeth – this is referred to as an open contact and can be caused by the placement of filling or crown that lacks the proper shape.
- Cavities – between and within teeth, cavities can grab food particles and trap them – making it difficult to completely remove.
- Improper flossing – using the wrong floss techniques can actually force material further between the teeth or the gum.
- Periodontal disease – this is a serious issue that must be dealt with by a professional. It can cause a variety of dental problems, with the main ones being loss of bone and gum tissue. Individuals with periodontal disease may experience drifting or shifting of their teeth that can lead to gaps that can catch food. Further health issues can also stem from periodontal disease.
People often experience bad breath as a result of food particles being stuck between the teeth. If you have any of the warning signs of a problem with the space between your teeth, it’s time to make an appointment. We’d be happy to help resolve the issue and also do a thorough cleaning to ensure both the teeth and gums are healthy and in optimal condition. Contact us today.
10 Foods To Avoid After Dental Crown Placement
August 28, 2019
Restoring damaged teeth is done through the use of a dental crown. These are custom-fitted and made of heavy-duty porcelain. After a root canal, you may receive a crown to cover the part of the tooth that was affected. If you don’t opt for a crown following a root canal or to cover fillings after a cavity, you run the risk of further damaging the tooth and leaving it and your gums susceptible to bacteria and disease.
How are crowns made?
Your dentist will reduce and contour the affected tooth before taking an impression of your teeth and gums. The impression is sent to a dental lab where your crown will be made. In the meantime, your dentist will fit you for a temporary crown which is used as a placeholder until your permanent crown is ready. Once your permanent crown is ready, your dentist will place it on the affected tooth then cement it in place. Many people worry that crowns are noticeable but they actually look like natural teeth.
When you receive your temporary crown you will need to be very careful with the foods you eat. Moreover, when you get your permanent crown, you’ll need to stay away from the same foods for a few weeks to let the crown settle in your mouth.
What can’t I eat or drink following a crown procedure?
Most of these foods you should be avoiding anyway because they are high in sugar. Sugar is highly damaging to your teeth whether you have a crown or not. In the days following your crown procedure, stay away from:
- Nuts: Nuts are high in protein but they can be burdensome after a crown. Stay away from nuts until your have received your permanent crown. Even then, wait until your crown has bonded with your teeth before snacking on hard foods.
- Crunchy vegetables: Like with nuts, crunchy vegetables can hurt the newly crowned tooth. Cook vegetables thoroughly and avoid eating anything raw and hard until the permanent crown has settled in your mouth.
- Sticky foods: Any foods that are sticky to the touch, like caramel and candy, need to be avoided. In fact, you should avoid these foods entirely since the sugar content is high. Sticky foods can stick to the crown and cause cavities that lead to tooth decay.
- Cold foods: Following a crown procedure, your teeth may be more sensitive and feel pain when you eat cold foods. If your gums have receded so that the root above the crown is exposed, you may feel pain from hot foods too. Ask your dentist to recommend a toothpaste for sensitive teeth if the pain is unbearable. These toothpastes block the sensation of pain as it travels from the tooth to the nerves.
- Pop: Following a crown procedure you have to stay away from pop. Plus, cola products are bad for your teeth whether you have a crown or not. They are high in sugar and cause enamel erosion and cavities.
- Gum: Many people chew gum after a meal to freshen their breath. Instead of chewing gum following a meal, use mouthwash or rinse your mouth out with water. Gum can damage your crown if it gets stuck to the tooth.
- Raisins: Although raisins (if they are unsweetened) are a healthy snack, they are way too sticky for a mouth that has a fresh crown. In fact, you should stay away from all dried fruits because they could pull the crown right off your tooth.
- Popcorn: A favourite snack for TV and movie watching, popcorn can get stuck between and under your teeth. Be wary of this snack after having a crown put in because you could get kernels wedged in your teeth that can damage the crown.
- Ice: Do not chew on ice after your crown procedure. It is too hard for the crown to handle until it has bonded to your tooth. Also, you may experience sensitivity from ice following a crown because of its cold temperature.
- Steak: This is a tough food if not cooked properly. Steak can be hard and may not necessarily damage your crown but it will take you longer to chew due to its texture. Stick to softer proteins like baked chicken or fish until your crown is comfortable in your mouth.
How do you care for crowns?
Crowns can last over 15 years if you take care of them. In the days following the crown procedure, chew your food on the other side of your mouth. In the first days after receiving your crown, the cement will still be hardening. Once the cement has hardened and the crown is set, you can resume chewing on both sides. The area around the newly crowned tooth may be sensitive in the days that follow the crown procedure so it’s important to floss with extra care. Instead of lifting the floss from the gaps between the teeth, gently slide it out.
It’s also important to keep up with your normal everyday oral hygiene routine and brush twice per day. Ensure that you are brushing the crowned tooth as you would any other tooth to remove bacteria in the area where the tooth meets the gum line. Finally, visit your dentist every six months for dental cleanings. These professional cleanings will keep the crown in good shape so that it lasts as long as it should.
For more information about dental crowns or to book an appointment, please contact Dawson Dental. We can help you stay on top of your oral health.