After chipping or cracking your tooth or undergoing root canal therapy, your dentist may suggest a replacement crown to restore one or more teeth. Placed in two stages, crowns offer a natural look for your smile after serious dental work. While they do offer a permanent solution, wearing a temporary crown is likely while the permanent one is under construction. Using these tips, you will know what to eat while wearing your temporary and permanent dental crown.
After treating your damaged tooth, your dentist will reshape and resurface its surface to ensure it is able to wear the permanent crown. Once clean and conditioned, a set of molds are taken to send to a lab for the fabrication of your restorative crown. This fabrication may take a few days, so you will need to protect the problem tooth with a temporary crown.
Unfortunately, temporary crowns are not secured in place. Due to this, you should avoid foods that will move, dislodge, or damage the crown. Here are a few foods to avoid:
- Hard, Sticky Candy
- Crunchy Vegetables such as Carrots or Celery
- Whole Apples or other Hard Fruits
Since the temporary crown is most likely made from acrylic, avoiding these foods is essential to preventing dental problems.
Once your dentist applies the permanent crown to your problem tooth, you can eat the same foods as before your restorative treatment. In most cases, the permanent crown is made from porcelain, metal, or ceramic, so they are strong and durable. However, you may experience some light sensitivity when consuming overly hot or cold foods and beverages. Ice cream, cold water or soda, hot soup, or coffee may cause a bit of discomfort, so consume these items in small quantities at first.
To protect your underlying dental health and ensure your permanent crowns stand the test of time, decrease the amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume each day.
Restoring your smile with a crown is a great option for your smile’s appeal and your self-esteem. Call our office to schedule an appointment if you think a crown is right for you.