Smile Brighter with Our Post-Op Instructions for Dental Crowns

Dental crowns from Illume Dental of McKinney! Dental crowns are a fantastic way to restore your teeth’ health, function, and aesthetics. To ensure the longevity and success of your dental crowns, it’s essential to diligently follow post-operative instructions and aftercare guidelines.

This detailed guide will assist you in maintaining your dental crowns so that you can continue to reap the benefits of them for many years to come.

Immediate Post-Op Care

  1. Sensitivity: It is normal to experience some sensitivity in the treated tooth or teeth after receiving dental crowns. This sensitivity should subside within a few days to a week. If it is essential, pain medications that are available without a prescription can assist ease discomfort.
  2. Avoid Chewing Hard Foods: First 24-hours after getting avoid hard or crunchy foods with dental crowns crunchy foods. Stick to a soft diet to minimize stress on the crowns.
  3. Oral Hygiene: Keep up with your regular routine of maintaining good dental hygiene. When brushing and flossing your teeth, be careful to do it gently not to exert excessive pressure around the crowns. The crown surfaces should be protected by using a toothbrush with gentle bristles and toothpaste does not include abrasives.

Diet and Nutrition

  1. Avoid Sticky or Hard Foods: Avoid sticky or hard foods can pressure your dental crowns excessively. Examples include chewing ice, hard candies, and caramel.
  2. Limit Acidic Foods and Drinks: Foods and drinks with acid weaken the tooth enamel surrounding the dental crowns. Use them sparingly and rinse your mouth.

Oral Habits

  1. Bruxism (Teeth Grinding): A nightguard can protect your teeth if you grind or clench dental crowns and prevent damage. Consult your dentist for a custom-fitted nightguard.
  2. Avoid Nail Biting and Chewing: Refrain from biting your nails or using opening packages or bottles with your teeth can damage your dental crowns.

Regular Dental Check-Ups

  1. Routine Check-Ups: Continue to schedule and attend regular dental check-ups and cleanings at Illume Dental of McKinney. These appointments are crucial for healthy natural teeth and lifespan of your dental crowns.
  2. Professional Cleanings: Dental hygienists will use non-abrasive techniques to clean your dental crowns and ensure they remain free of stains and plaque.

Common Issues and Solutions

  1. Sensitivity: As mentioned earlier, tooth sensitivity is common initially. Suppose it persists beyond a few days or worsens; contact your dentist for evaluation.
  2. Chipping or Cracking: While dental crowns are strong, yet excessive force might chip or break them. If you notice any damage to your dental crowns, contact your dentist immediately to assess and repair them.
  3. Loose Crowns: In rare cases, dental crowns may become loose. If you feel a crown is open or has come off, contact your dentist immediately. Could you not attempt to reattach it yourself?

Emergency Situations

In case of severe pain, sudden damage, or any other dental emergency related to your dental crowns, please immediately contact Illume Dental of McKinney for assistance.

Long-Term Care

  1. Oral Hygiene: Continue practicing excellent oral hygiene. If you brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss every day. Regular dental cleanings are crucial to maintaining dental crowns and natural teeth health.
  2. Mouthwash: Consider using a non-alcoholic, fluoride mouthwash to help maintain the health of your teeth and dental crowns.
  3. Regular Check-Ups: It is important to schedule and go to frequent dental checkups and cleanings as your dentist recommends to monitor the condition of your dental crowns.
  4. Crown Replacement: Dental crowns typically last many years but may need replacement due to wear and tear. Your dentist will assess your condition during regular check-ups and recommend replacements when necessary.

Investing in dental crowns can greatly enhance your smile and overall dental wellness. To ensure long-lasting functionality and aesthetic appeal, it’s crucial to follow these post-operative instructions and aftercare guidelines. 

At Illume Dental of McKinney, our dedicated team is here to provide unwavering support throughout your crown journey. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We prioritize your oral health and well-being, making your satisfaction our top priority.