CEREC crowns are a revolutionary way to cover misshapen or damaged teeth. They restore your smile in just one visit. At Advanced Care Dentistry, Thomas O. Marxen, DDS, MSD, and the experienced dental team use computer-assisted technology to design a customized crown crafted from sturdy ceramic right in the office. You get a natural, new tooth without having to wait a few weeks for an outside laboratory to fabricate it. You get it today!
After investing in the crown and enjoying your new smile, you definitely want to care for the crown in the best way you can. A dental crown, including a same-day CEREC crown, can last 5-15 years with good treatment. Read on for tips about keeping your crown in the best condition possible.
Treat them gently
Of course, you can eat, drink, and brush normally with a CEREC crown — they’re quite durable and built to last. However, you should avoid using your teeth as tools, chewing on hard objects like ice, or biting your nails. These habits can put unnecessary stress on your crowns, potentially damaging them.
Maintain excellent oral hygiene
Taking care of your oral health is essential for the longevity of your CEREC crowns. Just like your natural teeth, crowns can acquire plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar can affect the gums and compromise the integrity of your crown and the underlying natural tooth beneath.
Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss regularly, and consider an antiseptic mouthwash to keep your gums healthy.
Take care of any clenching or grinding habits
Consider talking to Dr. Marxen about a night guard if you tend to grind or clench your teeth. Teeth grinding (bruxism) exerts excessive pressure on your crowns, compromising their integrity over time. A night guard provides a protective barrier, preserving your smile while you sleep.
Watch for staining food and drink
While CEREC crowns are stain-resistant, they aren’t entirely immune to discoloration. Be mindful when consuming coffee, tea, red wine, and highly pigmented foods like berries or tomato sauce. If you enjoy these treats, consider rinsing your mouth with water afterward or brushing your teeth to minimize the potential for stains.
Keep up with regular dental check-ups
Routine dental check-ups and cleanings are important for the longevity of your crowns. During these visits, we monitor the condition of your CEREC crowns, ensuring they are securely in place and functioning as intended. Early detection of any issues allows for prompt intervention and preserves the longevity of your crowns.
CEREC crowns are a valuable addition to your smile. They can cover up minor imperfections and protect compromised teeth, and you can get all of this in just one visit. Take care of your crowns with proper hygiene and mindful oral health habits.
If you need a crown, contact Advanced Care Dentistry today to find out if you’re a candidate for CEREC crowns. Call the office or use this website to schedule an appointment.