Taking Care Of Temporary Dental Crown

A temporary dental crown can make you nervous. You might worry that it's going to fall out and it might hurt. If you take care of your dental crown and mind a few simple guidelines, you really have nothing to worry about.

First, Remember It Is Just Temporary

The first thing to remember is a temporary crown is just a placeholder. It is meant to reserve a spot until your dentist can create a mold for your new, permanent replacement. While temporary crowns are also custom made, it is never going to match as perfectly as a permanent crown. For this reason, you need to take some of the following precautions until your permanent crown is ready.

Watch What You Eat:

The first thing you need to do when you have a temporary crown is to make sure you stay away from certain foods. You don't want to try eating caramels or any other sticky candy that could easily pull the crown from your tooth. Don't chew gum as that can easily pull at the temporary cement the dentist used to attach the crown. A more permanent cement will be used to place the permanent one, but the temporary crown needs to be easier to remove. Other things to avoid include harder foods such as raw veggies or something that might break the crown.

Be Gentle When Brushing Your Teeth:

When you are brushing and flossing, remember to be gentle around that tooth. Be mindful while you're brushing your teeth as it can be easy to forget when you're doing something that is normally routine. Don't brush too hard and when you floss, slide the string out instead of lifting it out which can pull the crown off.

Why Should You Do if The Crown Comes Off?

Despite your attention to taking care of your tooth, it is possible for the temporary crown to come off. When this happens, it is important to get to a dentist right away and let them replace it. The longer the temporary crown is off, the greater the chance the tooth will move and a whole new temporary crown will have to be created. This, unfortunately, means a whole new permanent mold would need to be made for the permanent replacement.

Your temporary crown is made from a resistant acrylic, so there is no reason for you to panic and think it is going to come off with every day use. As long as you take care of your temporary crown and be mindful that it is there, you shouldn't have any trouble making do with the temporary fix until the permanent crown is ready to be installed. You might also want to talk to your dentist about getting a dental implant instead.