How to Take Care of Your Temporary Crown

How to Take Care of Your Temporary Crown

Kings and queens aren’t the only ones who get to wear crowns. If you have an oral health issue, you might get to wear a crown, too — although, admittedly, it doesn’t come with the same perks. 

Dental crowns are used for a variety of oral health concerns, thanks to their versatility, durability, and natural-looking appearance. But before you have your crown cemented in place, you’ll probably receive a temporary crown.

At Strauss DentalJulie Strauss, DMD, uses temporary crowns to protect your teeth until your permanent crown is ready. If a crown is in your future, here’s what to expect from your temporary crown and how to care for it so it doesn’t get damaged.

When temporary crowns are used

Dental crowns have lots of uses, like:

Typically, crown placement takes two visits: one to prepare your tooth and one to place your permanent crown. In between those visits, your tooth needs to be protected. That’s when a temporary crown can help.

A temporary crown is placed over your tooth once it’s shaped and prepared for your crown. The temporary crown adheres to your tooth with a special dental adhesive. This adhesive is strong, but it’s also designed to allow the temporary crown to be removed once the permanent crown is ready. As a result, your temporary crown won’t be as strong or secure as the permanent version — and that means it also needs some special care to avoid damaging it.

Caring for your temporary crown

Caring for a temporary crown isn’t difficult — in fact, it’s not much different than caring for the rest of your teeth. These are the five basic steps you’ll need to follow.

1. Watch what you eat

Avoid hard or crunchy foods and really chewy foods while your temporary crown is in place. These foods can crack your crown or loosen it, which means you’ll need to come back for an emergency visit so we can put a new temporary crown in place.

2. Watch how you eat

In addition to avoiding certain foods, you should also try not to chew on the side of your mouth where the temporary crown is located. The less force you place on your temporary crown, the less chance you’ll have of breaking it or dislodging it.

3. Brush and floss carefully

Brushing and flossing are still important to maintain oral health. However, since a temporary crown is made of softer material and not permanently affixed, you’ll want to take a little extra care to avoid damaging it or dislodging it. Our team reviews care tips before you leave the office. 

One simple tip: Avoid electric toothbrushes until the permanent crown is in place. Electric toothbrushes create vibrations that just might loosen your temporary crown. Opt for a manual brush instead.

4. Don’t skip your next appointment

Temporary crowns are just that — temporary. They’re designed to last for just a little while. Our team schedules your permanent crown placement as soon as possible. Skipping that all-important crown-placement appointment could leave your tooth vulnerable to lots of problems. If you just can’t make it, reschedule your visit immediately to avoid tooth damage. 

5. Have a problem? Call the office

If your crown is damaged or if it comes loose, we can fix it. Call the office right away if:

If any of these problems occur, we can place a new temporary crown so your tooth stays protected.

Make oral health a priority

Dental crowns are just one treatment Dr. Strauss uses to treat oral health problems. As a top-rated dentist in Oregon City, Oregon, she offers an array of state-of-the-art treatments to help your teeth and gums stay healthy and your smile look its best. To learn more about crowns or to schedule a check-up, call 503-656-2139 or book an appointment online at Strauss Dental today.

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