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Your new crown should serve you well for the rest of your life. Not only can a crown repair the damage to your tooth from trauma or decay, but it can also conceal a tooth that is discolored, or does not have its proper shape.

After the dentist has placed your crown, you shouldn’t notice any pain or sensitivity. But if your tooth still has its root intact, there may be some discomfort with cold food or drinks. If there is pain when you bite down, it could be a sign that your crown is sitting too high on your tooth. That can be corrected by your dentist.

If your crown is loose, that can allow bacteria and food particles to work their way into the space beneath the crown. That will result in disease and decay.

If your crown does fall out, you might be able to put it back in and hold it in place with dental cement. Even if you don’t experience any discomfort, you should still get make an appointment to see your dentist to address the problem.

Your crown will protect your tooth, but that does not mean that you can stop brushing and flossing. Your tooth is still vulnerable at the gumline, and gum disease can also lead to the loss of bone in your jaw, and that can mean the loss of your crown and greater problems for your overall oral health. The best way to keep your crown in place and in good shape is to continue to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss before bed, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams.

If you are having some problems with your smile, or it is just time for your regular appointment, our dentist, Dr. Nathan Lester can help. You can make an appointment at Bear River Dental in Evanston, Wyoming by calling 307.789.5608. We’ll be happy to help you restore and maintain your smile!