Dental crowns and bridges are common these days. They're required when a tooth or part of a tooth is missing; your dentist will help you decide which style is best for you. A crown or bridge will last for many years to come if you take good care of it.
Cleaning and Flossing
Even though a crown or bridge completely covers your tooth, the underlying tooth can still be susceptible to plaque or decay from bacteria. It's important to brush and floss your teeth several times a day. Correct brushing and flossing should not cause your crown or bridge to fall off, and these are essential for good dental health. Those who have a fixed bridge need to remember to floss under the bridge. If you're not sure how to do this, just ask. Some people prefer to use a water flosser because it's easier to manipulate.
Since tiny bacteria can potentially slip underneath a crown or bridge, you'll want to do your best to keep your mouth clean. Aside from your everyday brushing and flossing, it's a good idea to use an antibacterial mouthwash as well. You can purchase this in most stores.
Foods to Avoid
Sticky foods like hard lollies can potentially pull the crown or bridge off. Hard foods may break porcelain-style dental work. This is particularly true with temporary crowns. Try to avoid eating these foods on a regular basis, particularly soon after you have the work done.
Some people find it hard to get used to having a new crown or bridge, especially for the first few days. Having a bit of sensitivity or just feeling "a little weird" is normal. However, if you think that something might be seriously amiss with your dental work, don't hesitate to contact us to set up an appointment.