If you’ve recently had a root canal, then you’re aware that the next step is to have a crown placed over the once damaged tooth. While you wait for your crown to be made, you’ll wear a less permanent one that won’t be as sturdy. Temporary crowns are usually made of acrylic and are held in place with temporary cement. Wearing a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready will help prevent food and bacteria from accumulating on the tooth’s surface and keep it from moving. This means it is wise to avoid foods and liquids that would get under the temporary crown or cause it to shift. It is also a good idea to avoid foods that will stain the temporary crown.
To help you take care of your temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready for final placement, Gateway Family Dentistry in Murfreesboro, TN suggests avoiding these five types of foods so that your crown, and tooth, remains clean and whole.
- Avoid Eating Anything for the First Hour
Typically, it takes one hour for the temporary crown to set up. During this hour, it is important that you don’t chew anything. You should also avoid extremely hot beverages. After the first hour, you can eat soft foods if you chew them gently.
- Hard, Tough Foods
Avoid eating hard, tough foods that require a lot of chewing and pressure can move the temporary crown. Foods to avoid include bagels, steak, tough dried fruit, nuts and meat jerkies. Be careful when eating crunchy fruits and raw vegetables. These include apples, celery, carrots, and broccoli. Ask your dentist whether he or she recommends eating granola, granola bars or trail mix.
- Avoid Extremely Hot and Cold Foods
It is not a good idea to chew on ice with a temporary crown. If you have gum recession under the crown, determine whether eating or drinking hot foods like coffee, soup, and pizza is causing you discomfort. Cold foods like ice cream and frozen yogurt may also cause you pain. Using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help.
- Avoid Sticky Foods and Foods that Require a Lot of Flossing
It’s important to avoid or limit eating sticky, chewy foods such as peanut butter, taffy, and caramel. These foods pull at the crown, loosening the cement that holds it in place. If you do eat these foods, try chewing on the side where the crown is not placed.
Also, avoid foods with seeds or parts that easily get stuck between teeth. Such foods include blackberries, raspberries, and walnuts. Flossing a great deal around the temporary crown can cause it to shift.
- Avoid Foods That Will Stain the Temporary Crown
Try to avoid foods and drinks that will stain your teeth. Foods that include yellow turmeric or yellow curry can temporary turn your crown bright yellow or orange. Drinks such as coffee, sodas, and tea can also stain your temporary crown.
Whether you already have a temporary crown or already have your permanent crown, if you have trouble with how your crown is fitting, contact Gateway Family Dentistry. Dr. Rachel Erwin and staff will work with you to ensure your crown fits perfectly and your smile is healthy. At Gateway Family Dentistry, we provide a wide-range of general and cosmetic dental services for the whole family. Call (615) 962-8505 to schedule an appointment today.