Taking care of crowns and bridges is essentially like taking care of your natural teeth, with a few exceptions. It's important to know how to maintain these restorations at home to avoid uncomfortable damage. Dr. Rosanne Palermo, your dentist in Erie, Pennsylvania, can help you take care of your crowns and bridges.
Avoid crunchy and sticky foods
One of the most common and easily preventable ways to keep your crowns and bridges stable is by not eating foods that can dislodge or break them. Chewing ice, sticky candy, or suckers can spell disaster for dental work; while the cement your Erie dentist uses for crowns and bridges can remain secure for decades, it isn't designed to be indestructible. If you have to work hard at chewing something, it's probably a risk you shouldn't take.
Stay current on dental checkups
Visiting Dr. Palermo's office twice a year isn't just for a deep cleaning and a new toothbrush, especially if you have crowns and bridges. Through visual exams and X-rays, your Erie dentist can determine if there are any problems developing with your restorations, your gum tissue, or the teeth beneath the crowns. Early detection and swift intervention can save you a lot of discomfort, money, and time.
Be careful when flossing
Once a crown is in place, it tightens the space that occupies the teeth next to it. The difference is typically only a few microns, but you may still have to change your flossing habits to avoid dislodging the crown. Instead of lifting the floss from between the teeth, for example, you'll need to slide it. This can be better achieved with a thin plastic threader rather than the flossing picks or the string alone. Your Erie dentist can make some suggestions on the best techniques for flossing when you have crowns and bridges.
We treat patients with crowns, bridges, implants; your unique dental situation will be given the best possible care. To schedule a checkup with Dr. Palermo, contact our office in Erie, Pennsylvania today at (814) 833-3001.