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You've Just Received A Dental Crown -- Now What?

Visiting your dentist to receive a crown can solve a wide range of issues, from covering a tooth that has a substantial filling to improving the appearance of your smile. Although you might feel a little apprehensive in the days leading up to the procedure, you'll likely breathe a sigh of relief once you leave the dentist's office with your new crown in place. It's important to know exactly what to anticipate in the hours and days ahead, as well as how you should care for your new crown.

What's the Pain Like?

You shouldn't fret about your dental crown causing considerable pain, even when the numbing wears away. It's common to notice some tingling or a sensitive feeling in your mouth as the anesthesia wears off in the hours after the procedure. If you notice pain once the feeling returns, it should be minor and isn't likely to stay for long, according to MedicineNet.com.

When Can I Brush My Teeth?

Having a dental crown procedure isn't an invitation to avoid brushing your teeth. In fact, you should resume brushing later that day, although sensitivity or mild pain in the area might cause you to brush a little gingerly on the side of your mouth with the crown. As always, you should brush your teeth at least twice per day. You can also resume flossing the same day of your procedure. WebMD recommends using mouthwash to reduce the bacteria around the crown.

What Should I Eat?

It's possible that you might have to temporarily alter your diet in the day or so after your crown procedure. Exposure to excessively hot foods, such as coffee or soup, or those that are extremely cold, such as ice cream, can cause discomfort in your mouth. This issue is more common if your gum has receded around the crown, according to LiveStrong. Unless your dentist makes specific dietary suggestions, it's typically acceptable for you to return to your normal diet soon after the procedure. However, if your mouth is sensitive or sore, you might initially feel inclined to enjoy products that are easy to eat, such as a protein shake or a bowl of moderate-temperature soup. In general, it's best to avoid consuming too many foods and drinks that are high in sugar. These products can increase your risk of developing a cavity on or around the tooth covered by the crown, which can lead to complications.

For more information about your oral care after receiving a dental crown, contact a professional such as Paul Dona DDS.