July 18, 2019
After rushing to your nearest emergency dentist because of a severe toothache, you found out that oral bacteria had penetrated and infected your tooth. After getting a root canal, you had to get a dental crown in order to restore the function and strength of your mouth. You’re worried about putting your newly restored tooth back in danger, which is why you’re looking for helpful tips on maintaining it. For tricks on how to make your restoration last and enjoy a speedy recovery from your procedure, read on.
Possible Discomfort You May Face
Dental crowns can be used for a variety of reasons, like to repair a tooth damaged by decay, or they can even be retained by implants to replace a missing tooth. Depending on how invasive your procedure is, you may experience different effects after the procedure. Typically, getting a dental crown itself isn’t too uncomfortable, it’s the preparatory treatments beforehand that are, which are usually root canals or tooth extractions.
With tooth extractions, you could experience some bleeding, swelling, and pain while your gums are healing. After root canals, you may notice that your gums around the impacted area are swollen or inflamed, and a slight discomfort as your mouth is adjusting. There’s no need to worry though, these symptoms are common. After your crown gets placed, you may experience a dull pain and sensitivity. If you get concerned about the level of discomfort you’re experiencing, don’t hesitate to call your dentist.
The Basics of After-Care
After you get your crown, it’s vital to take proper care of it, because it’s protecting your tooth from additional harm. As your mouth is getting used to the restoration, it’s completely normal that you’ll experience slight discomfort while your damaged tooth is adjusting and healing. Typically, this pain can be easily managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen to help make you more comfortable and tackle any inflammation. Be sure to consult your dentist after your procedure to double-check what medications would be best for you.
Maintaining Your Restoration
Your new restoration can save you headaches, time, and money down the road when you make sure that it’s well taken care of. If you ever lose your crown or it breaks, visit your dentist immediately to get it repaired. The longer you leave it broken, the more likely your tooth is to get even more damaged. Here are some special after-care tips to help you get the most out of your restoration:
- If you’re experiencing sensitivity, use special sensitivity toothpaste to combat it.
- Keep up with your oral hygiene routine and take extra precautions to keep your gums around your dental crown healthy and clean.
- Try to avoid chewing on things that are hard or sticky, like ice and caramels.
The best way to keep your oral health in great shape and make sure your crown is operating as it should be is to visit your dentist for your routine checkups and cleanings. They’ll assess the condition of your restoration as well as look for any damage in the area surrounding it. This way, you can stop any small problems from progressing!
About the Author
Dr. Jack Share has been restoring and improving patients’ smiles since he graduated in 1974. He has written numerous articles published in professional journals and has studied topics like cosmetic bonding, dental nerve anatomy, and local nerve anesthesia. He keeps up to date with the latest treatments and technology and shares his research and findings at local and national conventions regularly. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or contact 617-742-1350.
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