A common material used for a dental crown is porcelain because it looks and feels like a natural tooth. While the material is also incredibly durable, it still needs to be cared for since it is not indestructible. For those that will be getting a dental crown made of porcelain, here is what you need to know about caring for it.

Use a Bite Guard

Anybody that has a history with grinding their teeth at night should consider a bite guard. While you can get a cheap bite guard at your local drug store, these are not very comfortable. A dentist can actually make a bite guard that is custom fit to your mouth, making it comfortable so that you'll actually wear it.

Bite guards are worn overnight, but they can also be worn during the day as well. Pressure on a porcelain crown is what can cause it to break, so you will be the best judge about how often a bite guard should be worn based on how often you clench or grind your teeth.

Avoid Foods at Extreme Temperatures

Another weakness of porcelain is extremely hot and cold temperatures. This is why you should be extra careful with the foods you eat, especially those that are very cold or hot.

While these foods are not completely unavoidable, at the very least, be aware of what side of your mouth you are eating with. Consider chewing an extremely hot or cold food with the side of your mouth that doesn't have the crown if you want to take steps to avoid potentially damaging it.

Do Not Use Your Teeth as a Tool

Everyone has used their teeth at some point as a tool, which could be as simple as using teeth to rip open a plastic bag. Not only is this a bad habit, but it will also put extra pressure on that dental crown. This can eventually cause problems that make a crown chip or crack. On a similar note, avoid chewing on your fingernails, pencils, ice, or any other object that is hard.

By following these tips, you will be taking some important steps that will help that crown last as long as possible. If you do end up damaging the crown, you'll need to visit a dentist immediately. Salvage as much of the crown as possible because the dentist can potentially save the crown and place it back on your teeth.