Crowns and Bridges for Active People: San Diego Natural Dentist FAQs
Crowns and bridges are permanent oral prosthetic devices. The keyword here is ‘permanent,’ so unlike temporary and removable oral devices such as dentures, they require an altogether different set of maintenance steps. If you live an active life, you may want to know how having crowns and bridges may affect your activities. Below are some of the common questions that active patients ask about the protection and maintenance of their crowns and bridges.
Would having crowns and bridges affect my lifestyle significantly?
Having a crown or bridge shouldn’t impact your lifestyle. Even if you live an active life, they shouldn’t affect your activities other than normal. However, if you play physical sports, you can help protect your dental prosthetics by wearing a helmet or mouthguard.
Are there activities I should avoid?
As a permanent solution to damaged or broken teeth, crowns and bridges are basically protected the same ways as you would your permanent teeth. However, your dentist may require you to wear a temporary crown or bridge as you wait for the permanent version to be made. While doing so, stay away from hard food such as candies, nuts, and the like. Likewise, sticky foods may also dislodge a temporary crown or bridge, so avoid these as well.
Why is it safe to continue being physically active without having to worry about your crowns and bridges?
Permanent crowns and bridges—especially those installed by a highly capable San Diego natural dentist—are just as strong and reliable as your natural teeth. When the glue used to attach a crown or bridge has hardened, it’s going to be like your teeth was restored to its original, natural state, with practically the same level of strength and aesthetic appeal.
When can I resume full activity after a crown or bridge procedure?
The material used to glue a crown or bridge permanently to a broken or damaged tooth has usually solidified by the time a patient leaves the dental office, so you can resume full activity almost immediately after having your procedure. With that in mind, be mindful of the regular oral care after your procedure so you don’t repeat the damage to your teeth that led to you needing the procedure in the first place. Brush and floss carefully and frequently to prevent problems.
If you want to know more about permanent crowns and bridges, schedule a consultation with a trusted dentist at a trusted Encinitas dental office such as The Center for Natural Dentistry.
How To Protect Your Teeth During Sports, Colgate.com