Now that you've invested in a tooth crown in Kingsport, TN to restore your smile, you'll want to do everything you can to protect your investment. We're here to help!
While your crown looks and functions like a natural tooth, there are some foods you should avoid to ensure you get the most longevity from your restoration. Here's what Dr. Hagan wants you to know.
#1: Sticky or Chewy Foods
While it may seem obvious that candies like caramel or taffy could pull your crown off, did you ever think about steak? Chewing steak requires a lot of tooth action, and could also result in a lost crown.
This doesn't mean that you have to avoid enjoying a steak now and then. It's just important to be aware, so you can protect your crown and chew on the other side of your mouth.
#2: Hard or Crunchy Foods
Biting into hard foods could chip or break your tooth crown. Foods like apples, carrots, and crusty bread you can cut into bite-size pieces so you can easily and safely enjoy them without worrying about your tooth.
#3: Popcorn or Nuts
Just like hard foods, nuts could cause a fracture to your dental crown. Popcorn presents a double whammy since biting into a rogue kernel could definitely break a crown, but the shells or hull of the popcorn can also become lodged under your tooth crown and cause irritation or discomfort.
A Word to the Wise
If you have a habit of chewing on ice, you'll want to stop this for the health of both your natural teeth and your crown. Munching on ice can cause fractures to your teeth and damage to tooth restorations.
Also, we want to remind you that you should never use your teeth to open bottles, tear into packages, or carry things.
Regular cleanings and checkups with your team at Hagan Dentistry will also keep your dental crown in tip-top shape. Contact your dentist in Kingsport today if you have questions about dental crowns or need to schedule a dental appointment.