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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
801 Brewster Ave<br/> Ste 255
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

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Above all else, Dr. Barthman wants for you to have a beautiful, new smile. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and so we recommend the following tips to get you on your way:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.

 

Porcelain Crowns Aftercare: How to Maintain Your New Smile

June 13, 2018 @ 11:15 AM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman
Tagged with: Dental Crowns

Two porcelain crowns on reflective white surfacePorcelain crowns are versatile and can be used in cosmetic and restorative dentistry to improve the health and appearance of the smile. Dental crowns offer functional, natural-looking results.

Dr. Jean E. Barthman offers porcelain crowns at our Redwood City, CA dental practice. Here, our team explores porcelain crowns aftercare, and explains how patients can maintain their new smile for many years to come.

Practice Proper Hygiene Habits

Unlike natural tooth enamel, porcelain is impervious to decay. However, this does not mean that restored teeth are invulnerable to problems. In fact, teeth that have been restored with crowns need to be cleaned just as much as natural teeth.

Why? Because the natural tooth structure underneath the restoration can still decay. In fact, if dental care is continuously ignored, recurrent decay is highly likely. Therefore, it is essential that patients attend all routine dental appointments and follow an at-home hygiene regimen.

All patients should brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. This will keep cavity-causing bacteria at bay and protect your smile between dental visits.

When flossing, be sure to slide the floss out of the gaps when complete, rather than lift it out. Repeatedly “snapping” the floss out from between the teeth could loosen the restoration over time.

We also recommend using an antibacterial mouthwash, which can reduce microbe levels and leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean.

Foods to Avoid

Porcelain crowns are made to last and can withstand the normal forces of chewing and eating. However, like natural teeth, they can also chip, crack, or fracture when exposed to excessive or irregular pressure.

Patients who have a dental crown should avoid certain foods, or at least consume them in moderation. For example, sticky or chewy foods can pull on the crown, placing excessive force on it. Over time, this could have a negative impact on the life of the restoration. Examples of chewy foods to avoid include:

  • Caramel
  • Taffy
  • Raisins
  • Starburst
  • Gummy candy

Additionally, hard or crunchy foods should be avoided as well. These foods can potentially chip or fracture the crown. Examples of these foods include:

  • Popcorn kernels
  • Lollipops
  • Jawbreakers
  • Raw vegetables
  • Ice

Protect Your Investment

Individuals who suffer from bruxism should wear a night guard to protect their teeth from damage. For those with dental crowns, this is even more important, as clenching or grinding the teeth can result in damage to the restoration.

While “boil-and-bite” mouth guards can be somewhat effective, a custom oral appliance is typically recommended for maximum protection and comfort.

In addition, those who play contact sports of any kind should wear a mouth guard during practices and games, whether they have dental restorations or not. The majority of sports-related injuries are dental in nature. Investing in a custom athletic mouth guard can save you a tremendous amount of money in restorative treatments, which would be inevitable should damage occur.

Contact Our Practice to Learn More

If you are considering a porcelain crown, or if you have already undergone the procedure, understanding proper aftercare can help you maintain your new smile and enjoy long-lasting oral health. As always, our team is here to answer any questions you may have regarding treatment. To learn more, contact us online or call our office at (650) 367-4967.