Generally, before applying dental crowns, the dentist will perform root canal treatment in order to make sure that the root of the tooth and the affected pulp is treated properly.
Dental crowns are typically placed over the tooth, when the affected tooth cannot be treated with the traditional dental filling. The tooth might have a too weak structure to actually hold a filling, so the dental crown might be the next best option.
Generally, dental crowns come with a life warranty of 10 to maximum 15 years, period after which these need to be changed. If you make sure to pay attention to a perfect regular dental hygiene you will be able to maintain your dental crown for much longer.
Avoid cracking nuts, chewing in ice, cracking popcorn, or worse, opening bottles with your teeth. These are all habits that can very easily damage the crown irreversibly.
In order to avoid the irritation of your gums, you should brush your teeth with a soft bristled brush. This will help you cleanse naturally and gently your teeth and crowns, without irritating any tissue, and without exposing yourself to the danger of dislodging the crown.
You need to pay special attention to cleansing your teeth right near the gum lime, because this is the area which attracts the most bacteria. Always use a good antiseptic mouthwash and swish gently within your mouth to eliminate and kill all the bacteria.
If you have got more teeth that are replaced with crowns, some dentists advice that you should use a special toothpaste for sensitive teeth, instead of using harsh, abrasive toothpastes that can damage the outer sheet of the crown.
Near the gumline, there are the pockets of your teeth. This is the place that bacteria favor the most, so you should always use the dental floss.
With the dental floss you can reach deep spaces where the brush is not able to reach, and thus you will keep your gums, your crowns and your biological teeth in the most sanitized shape.
You should also avoid eating any high risk foods which can dislodge the crown. Chewy foods, sticky foods, extremely hard raw vegetables, or cracking on nuts should be avoided.
Teeth with dental crowns can also be very sensitive, mainly because your biological tooth was probably filed down and more dentin is exposed. Therefore, avoiding too hot or too cold foods will help you stay away from that throbbing and sharp sensation caused by sensitivity.