One of the most frequently recommended dental treatments for teeth with substantial tooth decay is root canal treatment. The success of this dental treatment depends on both, the dentist and patient. If the infection has been thoroughly removed and a well fitted dental crown is placed atop the endodontically restored tooth, there is no reason for worry.
This completes the dentist’s job, but what about you? It is a known fact that patients who take proper care of their oral hygiene regularly, are at a minimal risk of suffering from a re-infected tooth. Devote time and keep a few relevant aftercare instructions in mind. There are certain dietary modifications one needs to make after receiving a dental crown, to avoid unpleasant experiences. Here, are some types of food, patients with dental caps must be warned about.
Foods to Look Away From with a Provisional Dental Crown
Dental crowns are all custom made, that is, each crown is manufactured in accordance with every individual’s tooth size, shape and type of dental crown to be made (All porcelain crowns require more tooth reduction as compared to metal crowns). Till the custom made dental caps are fabricated in the dental laboratory, the reduced tooth structure needs to be protected with a temporary crown.
Being made out of a low strength acrylic material (as compared to porcelain or metal), the wearer needs to take more precaution to prevent its breakage or dislodgement. Be careful while eating all types of food. Try to keep the food bolus on the other side of the arch and not where the temporary crown is placed. Keep away from chewing crunchy edibles, which includes carrots, toffee or chewing gum as this, prevents the temporary restoration from falling off.
Permanent Crown is Better off Without Sticky Goodies
There are several people who have a sweet tooth and cannot resist indulging in candy bars, or caramel dipped chocolates! Unfortunately, for people with one or more dental crowns fitted in their oral cavity, munching that bar or sugar coated candy can prove to be ruinous. Not to forget the disastrous effects of the sugary dose on the restored teeth, remaining unaffected teeth and supporting structures, which can cause you to schedule a new appointment with your dentist.
If such tenacious food items stick to the dental crown (which they invariably do) while you relish the sweet taste, it can easily weaken the adhesive strength of the cementing material and result in a loose fitting restoration. This change in fit allows the oral bacteria to seep into the small space that forms between the tooth and crown, increasing the chances of tooth decay. The best way to avoid such undesirable changes is to avoid or decrease the consumption of sticky foods. Another alternative is to choose a soft candy instead of a solid one.
Lay Low on Consumption of Hot Foods
Avoid consuming hot beverages such as a steaming cup of tea, coffee or hot dishes such as cheesy pizza, even though these items do not cause any damage to the exterior of the permanent dental crown. However, there have been cases where patients complain of discomfort and mild to moderate sensitivity within the restored tooth and the nearby gingival surfaces, especially while having dishes that are a slightly raised temperature.
The uncomfortable sensation is more in crowned tooth with concurrent gingival recession. If this becomes a regular feature, schedule a dental appointment and ask for evaluation of the crown’s fit and the underlying tooth.
Dental Crowns May Dislike Cold Foods and Liquids
Yes, this holds true for permanent crowns, especially metal crowns (as they are excellent conductors of heat and cold). Not always, but sometimes, cold beverages or a dollop of scrumptious ice cream can initiate sensitivity, identical to that triggered by hot food preparations.
If roots are unprotected by the gingival tissues, this sensation is avoidable. The good news is that the increased sensitivity can be controlled by switching to another toothpaste with formulation to tackle the sensation.
Avoid Foods with Tough Texture
One of the safest ways to prevent application of too much pressure on the artificial crown is to check the frequent intake of hard food items. We understand it is impossible to put a complete stop to consumption of grains and legumes from your diet, but the least you can do is be careful while cooking them. Of things to consider, one can pull out all the small sized rocks prior to cooking. Also, raw vegetables and fruits like apples and pears must be cut into small pieces and chewed slowly.