Proper Care for a Temporary Dental Crown

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We place a temporary dental crown only to protect an abutment our dentist formed so that a tooth can support a dental crown. Unlike the permanent restoration, your temporary crown will not restore your tooth to its full integrity and function. However, we encourage you to take proper care of your temporary dental crown so that it can effectively protect your smile.

If your temporary crown becomes damaged, is loosened, or completely falls out, the abutment inside is left vulnerable and can become damaged, resulting in significant complications. Our dentist and team at Lakeview Dental Care offer tips on daily dental crown care to help you protect and enjoy your temporary crown.

Avoid chewing on sticky substances such as gum and caramels on that side of your mouth, or else the suction may pull loose the temporary crown. Similarly, avoid biting down on crunchy, hard foods that are firm enough to crack the plastic tooth and affect the abutment.

Keeping your gums healthy maintains a stable and comfortable fit for your permanent crown when it’s placed in your gums. This can be done by brushing and flossing around the temporary crown to remove deposits of plaque and food particles. If effectively flossing the area is a struggle, ask our dentist about the benefits of using waxed dental floss, as the waxy coating may help the strand maneuver easily around the temporary dental crown.

If you have a concern about your temporary crown or it becomes loose or falls out, please call Lakeview Dental Care at 269-964-7660 right away to see Dr. L.C. Chilimigras and receive timely dental treatment in Battle Creek, Michigan.