Dental crowns or dental caps are, as the name suggests, are tooth-shaped caps placed over damaged teeth and dental implants. These dental crowns are made of highly-durable and resistant materials that are able to mimic real teeth, whilst restoring and strengthening the underlying damaged tooth. Dental crowns also protect damaged teeth from bacteria found in…
What to Do If Your Dental Crown Is Loose
Whether you just had it put in or you have had it for a while, a dental crown is not perfect and sometimes needs a little help. Having a loose dental crown is an easy fix, but it is also not something you should ignore.
Types of crowns
There are two main types of dental crowns: permanent and temporary. How one should take care of their crowns will depend on what type they have.
Permanent crowns are meant to last for a long time, ranging from five to 15 years. Their longevity will greatly depend on what the crown is exposed to, the wearer’s oral hygiene routine and overall mouth-related activities.
A person with a permanent dental crown should avoid many activities: grinding teeth, biting fingernails, using teeth to open things and even chewing ice. These actions could cause the crown to come loose, in which case, the wearer will need to see a dentist promptly.
Temporary crowns are made in the dentist's office at the time of the first visit. Their function is to help protect the tooth after the dentist files it down enough for the permanent crown to fit.
The temporary crown is exactly that, temporary. If this one is loose, it is not a huge thing to worry about unless it is causing pain. If that is the case, the patient should contact the dentist, and the dentist should be able to fit the patient with a new temporary crown.
How to care for dental crowns
Once the patient has the crown in place, be it temporary or permanent, they need to know how to take care of it.
How to take care of permanent crowns
A permanently crowned tooth does not require “special” care. However, even though the tooth is crowned, this does not mean that the tooth is then protected from decay or that the gums are protected from disease.
With that in mind, the wearer should keep up a good oral hygiene routine, including brushing twice a day and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash once a day. When flossing, remember to focus on the area around the crown where the gum meets the tooth.
How to care for a temporary crown
In contrast to a permanent dental crown, the temporary one will require a little TLC. WebMD has an easy-to-follow list on what to be conscious of with this type of crown:
If you have a temporary crown:
- Avoid chewy or sticky foods, such as gum or caramel, as that can potentially take the crown right off the tooth
- Try not to use the side of the mouth with the temporary crown.
- Use the other side of the mouth for the bulk of your chewing
- Avoid chewing hard foods that could dislodge or break the temporary crown
- Slide, rather than lift out, dental floss when cleaning between teeth to minimize the risk of pulling the temporary crown off
Whether it is a permanent or temporary dental crown, you do not have to suffer with it being loose and in the way. Contact us today so we can help get your tooth back to being healthy and protected.
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