Dental crowns are long-lasting items that can remain in place for 10 to 15 years or longer. However, crowns can also come loose after a few years. A loose crown requires dental services, and there are several things that you should avoid while you wait for your dental appointment.
Replacing The Crown
There are a wide variety of products on the market that are made for replacing dental crowns and other dental appliances. Most of these items are adhesives and glues that prompt you to complete DIY dentistry at home. However, this is something that you should never do.
Dental professionals spend a good deal of time preparing the teeth for crown adhesion. The tooth is not only ground down, but it is also cleaned, dried, and kept in a sterile condition. This allows the crown to be secured over a clean tooth that is free of bacteria. This helps to prevent cavities from forming underneath the crown.
If you decide to secure your dental crown yourself, you are likely to trap bacteria and other debris just underneath the crown, and this will elevate your cavity risks.
Also, if you do not fit the crown on the tooth correctly, then your bite may not be correct. The crown may be crooked or too high, and it may hit the other teeth when you bite down. This can lead to pain, a cracked crown, and permanent damage to the nearby teeth.
Eating And Drinking Normally
Dental crowns restore the teeth and allow you to eat hard, crunchy, and sticky foods. However, once the crown comes loose, you will need to change your habits until the device can be secured on your tooth again. This will keep the exposed tooth dentin from being damaged, and it will also reduce sensations when the dentin becomes stressed. Hot, cold, and even minimal pressure can cause strong pain sensations.
So, you want to avoid foods that are hot and cold and stick with room temperature items. Foods should be soft, and you should avoid placing any direct pressure on the tooth. Chewing on the opposite side of the mouth and making sure to eat slowly can help to minimize discomfort.
You want to brush around the tooth, but you should clean extremely carefully. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and work it slowly around the tooth. Also, use a non-abrasive paste for the cleaning, like one made for sensitive teeth or dental appliances.