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Recovering from Getting a Dental Crown

March 3, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — healthybarton @ 2:25 am

Model of dental crown procedureA dental crown is the most widely performed restorative procedure because of the restoration’s versatility, effectiveness, and durability. Whether your dentist has recommended a crown to protect a weakened tooth or support a fixed bridge, it’s normal to have some concerns about what you can expect. Don’t worry. Here’s everything you need to know about recovering from getting a dental crown.

Numbness from Anesthetic

Your dentist may use a numbing medication to block any pain while preparing your tooth or performing any preliminary procedures, like root canal therapy. At most, you may feel some pressure or unusual sensations, but you won’t have any outright pain. 

It can take a few hours for the effects of any anesthetics to wear off. As a result, you can be at risk of accidental injuries, like burning your mouth on hot foods or biting the inside of your cheek. It’s best to temperature-check any foods or drinks to avoid accidental burns. Eat soft foods and chew slowly to prevent biting your tongue or cheeks.

Pain, Discomfort, or Sensitivity

After any numbing medications wear off, it’s normal for your mouth to be tender for a few days. You can manage your discomfort with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Avoid hot or cold foods and drinks to prevent sensitivity. Stick with soft foods that require minimal chewing until your tenderness improves.

Oral Hygiene 

It’s important to keep your mouth clean. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Floss your teeth every day, paying extra attention when cleaning where your crown meets your gum line. Finish your routine with an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill any bacteria missed from brushing and flossing.

Maintaining Your Dental Crown

Your dental crown can last for 5 to 15 years before needing to be replaced. You can ensure it serves you for a decade or longer by following a few tips:

  • Good Oral Hygiene: Commit to brushing and flossing to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Watch What You Eat: Moderate your consumption of hard or chewy foods to avoid additional wear and tear on your restoration.
  • Break Bad Dental Habits: Stop any bad habits that may damage your teeth or crown, like crunching ice, or chewing on pencils.
  • Protect Your Teeth: If you grind or clench your teeth, ask your dentist for a nightguard to provide a barrier between your upper and lower arches. Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports to lessen your risk of oral emergencies.
  • Visit Your Dentist: Schedule a cleaning and checkup with your dentist every 6 months. They’ll keep your mouth healthy and ensure your crown lasts its longest.

Your dentist will answer any questions and explain everything during your consultation.

About Dr. Jeffrey Sevener

Dr. Sevener earned his dental degree at the University of Detroit Mercy and has completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency. He has also continued his education in various specialties, including orthodontics and dental implants. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (989) 736-7000.

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