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Temporary Dental Crown Aftercare: What You Need to Know

Posted in Crowns

You’re still numb from the anesthetic. Your dentist has prepped your tooth down to fit under a new restoration. It’s been capped with a plastic or metal temporary crown.

What’s the next step? Here’s what you need to know.

Take Medications as Directed

Your dentist will give you instructions on taking medications for reducing pain or preventing infection. Follow those carefully to avoid complications.

Chew Carefully

Avoid chewing on your temporary crown for at least an hour after getting it put on. It’s safest to just chew on the opposite side of your mouth for now.

Floss with Caution

Flossing should be an important part of your daily routine, but you’ll want to give that tooth with the temporary crown a break. If the floss catches under the edge, it can pop the cap right off.

Use Desensitizing Toothpaste

Gently brush around your capped tooth with a desensitizing toothpaste. This formulation has minerals that will insulate your vulnerable tooth that’s just been covered by a temporary crown.

Call the Dentist if the Temporary Crown Comes Off

The temporary crown is there for a reason! If it comes off any sooner than the day you’re scheduled to get a permanent cap, then you’ll need to have it recemented.

Keep Your Dental Appointments!

Your tooth may have a pretty new cap, but the temporary crown is just that: temporary. It’s just a placeholder while you wait for the permanent crown to be finished up. You can’t leave it there and expect it to last indefinitely. It’s highly prone to leaking and popping off.

Rather than take your chances, see your dentist for the next appointment in the week or two after you get the temporary crown.

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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.

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


What to Do if Your Temporary Crown Comes Off

Posted in Crowns

First off, don’t panic!

It’s not uncommon for a temporary crown to come off while you’re waiting for your permanent one. This crown is temporary, after all. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to deal with a crown coming loose.

Keep the Crown Safe

Hold onto your temporary crown. Make sure it’s as clean as possible. Wash off food debris and carefully try to remove any excess cement. If you’re nervous about trying to replace the crown yourself, simply secure it in a bag or container.

Call your dentist to schedule an appointment to recement the crown if your permanent crown appointment is still weeks away.

Replace it Yourself

Check your tooth for any signs of damage. If it has fractured or broken at all, do not attempt to reattach the crown. See your dentist as soon as possible.

If your tooth looks and feels fine, then you might try to fit the crown back on the tooth. Make sure you try it on before applying the cement. This way, you can be sure you have it on the right way. You can find a temporary crown cement at most pharmacies or drugstores.

Why a Crown Matters

Because the outer layer of your tooth is damaged, that layer is replaced with a strong material to give your tooth support and protection. If your temporary crown comes off, your tooth is very vulnerable to sensitivity, damage, and even the beginnings of decay.

If you have more than a week left to wait for your permanent crown, then you might want to give your local dentist a call so that you can get the professional help sooner.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050 

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