Like any other piece of dental work or orthodontic device, a crown can take some adjustment time. When a crown is placed correctly, a patient should be comfortable with a new crown within two weeks. When complications arise, or when a patient has questions about a new crown, the best course of action is to contact our office so we can address the issue immediately.
Items to Consider with a New Crown
The first factor to consider is that crowns are purposefully bulkier than the teeth they cover. This is because each crown requires a minimum thickness to be strong enough to protect the tooth. This thickness may make the crown feel foreign or unusual, but most patients will grow accustomed to a new crown within two weeks. Another factor is that most teeth will be sensitive to temperature after a crown is placed, especially if the underlying tooth had an exposed nerve. Often, this sensitivity is temporary; patents should call our office when the sensitivity lasts longer than a week.
Caring for a New Crown
The best way to ensure that a new crown feels like a natural tooth is to maintain it as if it were a natural tooth. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with a fluoridated mouthwash will protect both the crown and the remaining natural teeth. Refraining from putting non-food items in the mouth will reduce the chance of a crown chipping, cracking, or falling off. Avoiding staining foods like coffee and red wine will prevent a crown from being stained. Quitting smoking – or not starting smoking – will greatly reduce the potential for damage to the entire mouth, crown included.
If you have questions or concerns about a new crown, contact our office for a consultation or a follow-up. Our team will address your issues and propose the best way to proceed.
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