A crown is designed in a laboratory to replace the enamel of a tooth that has been damaged by a large amount of tooth decay or fracture. At the initial procedure the dentist removes the majority of the enamel leaving an abutment that will anchor your permanent crown. The dentist will protect the abutment with a hard resin temporary crown, while you wait for your permanent crown.
The temporary crown is designed to protect the abutment and root of the tooth. It’s important to keep in mind that it doesn’t restore the full function of the tooth in question. As a result you will need to keep a few lifestyle changes in mind to properly protect and maintain the temporary crown. If it falls out or is damaged it exposes the abutment, which can lead to more serious problems.
Make sure you continue to brush and floss twice per day to clean your teeth and maintain the health of your gums. Some people find that waxed floss is easier to work in and around the temporary crown. Healthy gum tissues make it easier for the permanent crown once the lab has completed it.
Try to avoid eating too sticky foods and chewing gum on that side of your mouth. Sticky things can potentially pull the temporary crown loose. Biting down on hard foods, risks cracking the biting surface of the temporary crown.
If your temporary crown becomes loose or falls out, you should call us immediately at 206-546-8377 to set up an appointment to clean the area and cement the cap back in place.