After a dentist removes the majority of the enamel from a damaged or decay tooth, they create an abutment to anchor a permanent crown. While the dental lab is making your permanent crown the dentist will protect the abutment with a hard resin cap that serves as a temporary crown.
A temporary crown is designed to protect the pulp of your tooth. However, it cannot restore the full function of that tooth. Minor changes in your daily habits will help protect the temporary crown while you await the permanent replacement.
Maintaining your regular oral hygiene routine is very important. This includes brushing and flossing twice per day to remove food particles, plaque and maintain gum health. Most people find waxed floss handy as the waxy coating helps them carefully and easily work the floss around the gum line around the temporary crown. Healthy gums in that area will make it easier for the permanent crown to fit with the gums later on.
It’s also a good idea to avoid eating too many sticky foods and chewing gum. The sticky material could potentially pull the temporary crown loose.
Crunchy and hard foods have the potential to crack the biting surface of a temporary crown. If you do eat something hard, try to chew with the molars on the other side of your mouth.
If your temporary crown becomes loose or falls out, you should call us immediately at 530.677.4457 to set up an appointment to clean the area and cement the cap back in place.