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What Are Temporary Crowns Made Of?

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Planning to get your first dental crown? You’re probably a little anxious about what to expect. You’ve heard that you’ll need to wear a temporary for a couple weeks.

Will anyone notice?

What if it comes off?

What does it look like?

These and many other questions are rattling around in your mind!

Why You Need A Temporary

If your dentist were to just put a cap over your tooth as is, it couldn’t fit. Even if it did, your teeth would be sore and you wouldn’t be able to bite properly. Additionally, any decay and damaged parts of your tooth have to come out first to keep your tooth healthy.

This is why your dentist will trim your tooth to receive a customized crown. But doing so leaves your tooth sensitive and susceptible to fractures. Your permanent crown takes a little time to create, so your tooth will just have to wear something else, in the meantime.

Getting A Temporary Crown

Your dentist will have some dental crowns on-hand and ready to go at the time your tooth is prepped. He or she should be able to shape it a bit and maybe even adjust the color to look like your old tooth.

Your final restoration will be a much closer match in terms of look and feel. But the temporary crown will get the job done. Your dentist will use a temporary cement so that it can easily be popped off when you come back for the permanent one.

In the meantime, avoid eating chewy or crunchy foods on your temporary to keep it in place. Your dentist will let you know what else to do to keep your tooth safe!

Posted on behalf of:
Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 948-0880

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