You've invested in a new tooth for your smile, and you're eating with confidence and ease again! Now you need to know how to protect your investment. Here are some helpful tips.
#1: Commit to a Consistent Home Care Routine
Whether you've repaired a tooth with a crown or replaced a tooth with a bridge, daily brushing and flossing will be critical for keeping your new restoration clean and healthy.
If you have a crown, you can expect to brush and floss normally. Keeping your anchor teeth clean with daily brushing and flossing will promote longevity for your bridge.
#2: Avoid Certain Foods
Just like with your natural teeth, certain foods may cause damage to your smile. Biting directly into hard pieces of bread or fruits like an apple could cause damage or fractures to your new crown or bridge. Instead, try cutting these foods into bite-size pieces to make them easier to eat and help avoid damaging your teeth.
Sticky and chewy foods are also the enemies of tooth crowns. Sticky candy like taffy or chewy food like steak could pull off your new crown in the process of eating them.
#3: Visit Your North Tampa Dentist for Regular Checkups
Your routine teeth cleaning and checkup allow your dentist to examine your restorations to ensure they're functioning properly and not breaking down. X-rays give your dentist an internal view of how your restorations are holding up so they can make you aware of any concerns ahead of time.
Contact North Tampa Dentistry
If you have questions about your smile or it's time to schedule your next dental appointment, we encourage you to contact North Tampa Dentistry at (813) 968-5368. Our North Tampa dental practice also serves patients in the surrounding communities of Lake Magdalene, Hamlet, Brentwood, Carrollwood, and the Lutz area.