A crown effectively replaces the damaged enamel of a tooth that has suffered a large amount of tooth decay or fracture. The process involves your dentist removing the majority of the enamel as they create an abutment to anchor a permanent crown. Your new crown will be made in a dental lab. While you await your permanent crown the dentist will protect the abutment with a hard resin cap known as a temporary crown.
The hard resin temporary crown is intended to protect the pulp and root of your tooth. It does not restore the full function of that tooth. You will need to be mindful of a few changes in your daily habits to properly protect and maintain the temporary crown. If it falls out or is damaged it exposes the abutment, which can lead to more serious problems.
Your daily oral hygiene routine is very important to maintaining your crown. Make sure you continue to brush and floss twice per day to clean your teeth and maintain the health of your gums. Waxed floss is easier to work in and around the temporary crown. Healthy gum tissue makes it easier for the permanent crown once the lab has completed it.
You should also try to avoid eating too many sticky foods and chewing gum in that part of your mouth. The sticky material could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. Biting down on hard foods, risks cracking the biting surface of the temporary crown.
If your temporary crown becomes loose or falls out, you should call us immediately at 856-455-1183 to set up an appointment to clean the area and cement the cap back in place.