Being fitted for a crown requires two separate procedures. The first procedure involves removing the majority of the enamel from your damaged, fractured or decayed tooth. The tooth is then covered with a hard plastic cap known as a temporary crown, while you wait for your permanent crown to be crafted at the dental lab.
It’s important to remember that your temporary crown is only meant to protect the abutment it doesn’t completely restore the full function of the tooth. There are a few things to consider to help maintain your temporary crown.
You will need to maintain your usual oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice per day. Carefully flossing around the temporary crown will also help to maintain the health of your gums. Many people find that using waxed floss is easier to work in and around the temporary crown.
Try to avoid eating sticky foods or chewing gum on that side of your mouth, as it could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. The same holds true for biting down on hard foods, crunching ice or chewing on hard objects as this could crack the biting surface of the hard plastic.
If your temporary crown becomes loose or falls out, you should call us immediately at 323.266.2120 to set up an appointment to clean the area and cement the cap back in place.