Being fitted for a crown happens in two separate stages The first procedure involves your dentist removing most of the enamel from a damaged or decayed tooth, leaving behind an abutment. While a dental lab is making your permanent crown you will need to have a temporary crown cemented in place to protect it
It’s important to note that the temporary crown is only designed to protect the abutment. It cannot restore the full function of the tooth and should not be heavily involved in chewing food. If your temporary crown is damaged or falls out, it could damage the abutment and lead to serious complications.
You will still need to maintain your oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice per day. It’s important to floss around the temporary crown. Waxed floss will help you keep the gum tissues around the temporary crown free or plaque and food particles.
Try to avoid eating sticky foods or chewing gum on that side of your mouth, as it could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. Biting down on hard foods, crunching on ice or chewing on pens and pencils can also damage the biting surface of the temporary crown.
If your temporary crown becomes loose or falls out, you should call us immediately at 425.267.3333 to set up an appointment to clean the area and cement it back in place.