A dental crown is a versatile treatment that provides preventive, restorative, and cosmetic benefits. The customized cap is placed over the entire surface of a tooth above the gum line. It can protect a weakened tooth, repair significant damage, or along with other procedures, like root canal therapy. No matter the reasons, it’s normal to have a few concerns about the road ahead. Don’t worry, here’s what you can expect during your dental crown recovery.
Leaving Your Appointment
It’s normal for your mouth to still be numb when it’s time to head home, so you’ll want to avoid eating or drinking anything hot to prevent accidental burns. It can take a few hours for the effects to dissipate. Don’t eat any hard foods during this time to avoid biting your tongue or cheeks.
Don’t be alarmed if you see bruising or swelling around the injection site from the anesthetic. This is more common when an anesthetic is administered in the lower jaw. It will go away on its own without any additional aftercare or treatments.
Pain and Sensitivity
Your mouth may be a little tender for a few days. You can manage any discomfort with an OTC pain reliever. Applying a cold compress to the outside of your face can also reduce pain, as well as inflammation and bruising. You may also experience some sensitivity, so avoid hot or cold foods and drinks.
It’s best to eat soft foods for a few days until any tenderness improves. Although it may take a few days to get used to wearing the crown, it will feel like a natural tooth in no time at all.
Maintaining Your Dental Crown
Your crown will be made of durable material to withstand the pressure of eating; however, they aren’t indestructible. Your dentist will recommend limiting how often you eat hard, sticky, or chewy foods to safeguard your investment. Although every situation differs, most crowns can last for 10 years or longer with the right care.
Besides watching what you eat, you can get the most from your restoration by following a solid oral hygiene routine at home. Brush, floss, and use an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill any harmful bacteria. Pay extra attention when cleaning where the crown meets the gum line to prevent decay under the restoration. Limit how often you have sugars and starches to keep your smile healthy. In addition to brushing and flossing, visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup.
After a brief recovery, you can benefit from a high-quality restoration that’s designed to last. You’ll soon forget it isn’t part of your natural smile.
About Dr. Scott Parker
Dr. Parker earned his dental degree from Loma Linda University and has regularly continued his education in advanced services, like cosmetic and restorative dentistry. As a member of various professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, he has a reputation you can trust. Contact our office today to request your consultation for a dental crown.