Will I Be Able to Chew Better with Dental Crowns?

By: Dr. Fadi Zaknoun


When a tooth becomes compromised, it can be difficult to eat or chew comfortably. Not only that but chewing certain types of food may be impossible depending on the nature of the damage to the tooth. At Cape Cod Dental in Wareham, MA, Dr. Fadi Zaknoun offers a comprehensive suite of restorative dentistry services, including dental crowns, to help patients regain their ability to eat their favorite foods with comfort and confidence once again. Keep reading to discover the benefits of dental restorations, and – more specifically – find out how dental crowns can help restore the form and function of your smile.

What does a dental crown do?

Dental crowns are custom-made restorations designed to cover a tooth for cosmetic or functional reasons. Unlike veneers, which are placed over the front of the tooth only, dental crowns conceal the entire tooth and are sometimes referred to as caps. Some of the most common concerns that are addressed using custom dental crowns include:

  • Cracked tooth
  • Damaged tooth
  • Chipped tooth
  • Stained tooth
  • Discolored tooth

Will I be able to eat normally after getting crowns?

Many men and women are unable to chew certain foods due to a weak or damaged tooth. Sensitivity to hot and cold can also impact a person’s ability to enjoy certain foods and beverages. When crowns – which are highly durable – are placed on the affected tooth or teeth, they help to restore structural integrity, improve the chewing surfaces, and protect the tooth from exposure to hot, cold, and sweet items. With this level of protection and strength, crowns are often able to give patients back their ability to eat and drink their favorite items.

How long do I have to wait to eat after getting dental crowns?

Once your crown has been placed, Dr. Zaknoun will discuss proper aftercare and instructions with you and answer any questions you may have. Patients may need to wait several hours before eating or drinking. As a general rule, it is often appropriate to resume eating and drinking once your local anesthetic has worn off. While crowns will ultimately enhance your ability to chew and eat foods that were previously off-limits, it is wise to avoid sticky, hard, crunchy, and sugary foods for the first several days after getting dental crowns.

How long do dental crowns last?

With proper dental hygiene, healthy habits (including minimizing your intake of hard, crunchy, and sticky foods), and regular dental exams and in-office cleanings, your custom dental crowns may last up to 10 – 20 years or longer. Should a crown become damaged, cracked, stained, or otherwise compromised, Dr. Zaknoun can replace the restoration to restore the strength and beauty of your smile once again.

Get back to eating your favorite foods with custom dental crowns in Wareham, MA

When your tooth becomes sensitive or damaged, it can limit your ability to eat and drink comfortably or properly. At Cape Cod Dental, top Wareham, MA dentist Dr. Fadi Zaknoun believes everyone should have strong, healthy, beautiful teeth and is proud to offer custom restorations to give patients back the comfort and confidence they deserve. If you’re ready to start enjoying your favorite foods again and get a bright, beautiful smile, call our knowledgeable team to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Zaknoun today.

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