What to do after dental crowns?

Healing Your Smiles: Post-Op Instructions After Dental Crowns

At Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we understand that getting a dental crown is a significant step towards restoring the health and beauty of your smile. Dental crowns are a versatile solution, designed to protect, cover, and restore the shape of your teeth when fillings don’t solve the problem. 

Whether you’ve received a crown for restorative reasons or to enhance your smile’s appearance, proper care post-procedure is vital for ensuring the longevity and success of your new crown. This comprehensive guide is crafted to assist you through your post-operative journey, ensuring your transition is smooth and your dental health is preserved.

Immediate Aftercare

1. Sensitivity and Discomfort

  • Managing Sensitivity: It’s common to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures after your crown procedure. This sensitivity should decrease over the next few weeks. Using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth can help.
  • Discomfort: If your tooth feels tender when biting down, this may be due to the crown’s adjustment. Contact us if this discomfort persists, as a simple adjustment may be necessary.

2. Oral Hygiene

  • Gentle Care: In the days following your procedure, it’s essential to keep the area clean while being gentle. Brush softly and floss with care to avoid dislodging the new crown.

Diet and Habits

1. Eating Habits

  • Soft Foods: Immediately after your procedure and until the anesthesia wears off, stick to soft foods and liquids to prevent biting your cheek or tongue.
  • Chewing: Once the anesthesia has worn off, you can return to your normal diet. However, try to avoid chewing hard foods directly on the new crown for the first 24 hours after the cement has set.

2. Harmful Habits:

  • Avoid Hard Objects: Don’t chew on hard objects like ice, pencils, or nails. These habits can damage your crown just as they can your natural teeth.
  • Teeth Grinding: If you grind your teeth at night, consider getting a night guard to protect your crown and surrounding teeth.

Long-Term Care

1. Oral Hygiene

  • Brushing and Flossing: Maintain a rigorous oral hygiene routine, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily. This care is crucial to prevent decay under or around your crown.
  • Regular Checkups: Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings at Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. These appointments allow for the monitoring of your crown and overall oral health.

2. Crown Maintenance

  • Monitor Your Crown: Regularly check your crown for any signs of damage or wear. While crowns are durable, they are not indestructible and may eventually need replacement.

Recognizing Potential Issues

  • Looseness or Displacement: If your crown feels loose or falls out, contact us immediately. Avoid using glue or any temporary fix, as this can lead to further damage.
  • Discomfort or Pain: Persistent or severe pain around the crown area is not normal. If you experience this, it could be a sign of nerve damage or infection.

At Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, your dental health and satisfaction are our utmost priorities. We are committed to ensuring your dental crown serves you well, enhancing the functionality and aesthetics of your smile. By following these post-operative care instructions, you can enjoy the benefits of your new crown for years to come. 

Should you have any questions or concerns during your recovery or beyond, our dedicated team is always here to assist. Here’s to a healthy, beautiful smile that you’re proud to share with the world!