Do you have trouble chewing because of your dental crown? Has your crown become loose or started to affect your smile alignment? These are indicators that you may need a dental crown adjustment. The tips below will help you navigate this journey and get your smile back on track.
Why Some Dental Crowns Need to Be Adjusted
There are many reasons why your dental crown may need to be adjusted years after it was installed. For example, you may have had a tooth pulled in the back of your smile, and now the rest of your teeth are shifting out of place. Your crown may have come loose from general wear, or it may be at the end of its lifespan.
If your crown no longer sits comfortably or securely in your smile, it’s time to see your dentist.
Schedule an Appointment for a Crown Adjustment
Contact your dentist’s office when you start noticing problems with your dental crown. Let them know what the nature of the problems are, and they can provide temporary tips to follow before your appointment. Once you get in to see the dentist, you can see if a crown adjustment is an option for you or if you’re going to need a new dental crown.
Avoid Chewing on That Side of Your Mouth
For now, avoid chewing on the side of your mouth that has the dental crown. You want to minimize pulling and tugging on that tooth as much as possible. Avoid chewy foods altogether, and consider eating soft or liquid foods until you can get your crown adjustment.
Will I Need to Get a New Dental Crown?
Your dentist will discuss your options during your oral exam. If your current crown needs a minor adjustment, your dentist may need to do that in the office. If you need clear braces to correct an alignment issue, this may be a longer journey than you originally planned. If the crown is at the end of its life or no longer fits your smile, your dentist may need to order and install a new crown. Every situation is different, and the solution is personalized to fit your needs.
Maintain Routine Dentist Appointments to Monitor Your Dental Crown
If you see your dentist once or twice a year for teeth cleanings, they can monitor the fit and stability of your dental crown. They can catch issues early on to reduce the need for crown adjustments and replacements. Clinton Dental Center offers general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth cleanings, oral exams, crowns, invisible braces, and more. Contact us at (586) 949-5363 to schedule an appointment at our local dentist’s office.