Published: Jul 21, 2015 | By: Richard Caven
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are designed to fit over an existing tooth as a means of restoring its size, strength and appearance. They're necessary in a variety of situations, which include protecting a weak tooth, restoring the appearance of a broken tooth, to hold a dental bridge in place, to cover a dental implant and to even make a cosmetic alteration.
However, like many dental apparatuses, there's a right and wrong way to care for a dental crown to ensure that it lasts up to its maximum potential - and much of this proper care has to do with the foods that you consume with one. After all, most crowns are expected to last anywhere from five to 15 years. Here's a closer look at the foods to avoid with a dental crown in place:
Generally speaking, if you have a dental crown, you should avoid chewy and sticky foods, as these have the potential to grab and pull at the crown, which in turn can directly impact the overall life of the crown. Chewy and sticky foods to avoid include the likes of:
In addition to foods that are chewy and sticky, those that are hard should also be avoided. Why? Because they have the potential to break, crack or damage the crown based on their hard complexion. These foods include the likes of:
Aside from watching what you eat, there are several other ways to properly care for crowns to ensure they last their projected lifetime. These tips include:
Lastly, be sure to see your dentist for regular professional cleanings - at least once every six months - to ensure that your teeth, and crown, are in good working order. For more information on dental crowns and how to properly maintain and care for them, contact us at Caven Dental today.
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