Dental Tips Blog

Sep
15

How to Care for a Temporary Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

So… you’re right in the middle of a crown treatment.

Your finished restoration isn’t quite ready, but your tooth has already been prepared for it. In the meantime, your dentist has placed a temporary crown to protect the prepped tooth. Losing the temporary too soon can be a bit of a pain!

What should you know about keeping your temporary crown safe, clean, and secure?

Clean Around Your Temporary Crown

Brush your crown along with your other teeth just as you normally would. Although you won’t wear the temporary very long, it’s important to keep it plaque-free. Be cautious about flossing! Floss between the temporary crown and the neighboring teeth, but slide the floss out from between the teeth rather than tugging it up. It’s possible to lift the crown right off your tooth if you tug at the edge of it with floss.

Give Your Crown a Break!

Because these temporary crowns are just that…temporary; they aren’t meant to be as secure and strong as permanent crowns. They just don’t hold up to biting forces in the same way! Try to chew on the other side of your mouth while you have a temporary crown.

It’s also a good idea to stay away from foods that are:

  • Sticky
  • Crunchy
  • Hard
  • Chewy

If Your Temporary Comes Off

Don’t worry too much if your temporary crown does come off. Call your dentist for instructions. It’s possible to stick it back on yourself with a cement you can buy at a drugstore, if necessary. Talk with your dentist for more directions on getting the most of your temporary crown.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

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