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A temporary crown is made from a hard, plastic material. It is commonly used by your dentist, Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey, to protect the abutment core of a tooth that is awaiting restoration by a dental crown or bridge. While it is meant to be durable enough to protect the abutment, it does not fully restore the function of the tooth. At the same time, it also needs proper care and cleaning to ensure the health of the surrounding gums.

If your temporary crown is damaged or if it comes loose or falls out, it could damage the abutment inside and cause significant complications. To reduce the chances of this happening, your dentist offers these basic suggestions to help maintain your temporary crown.

It’s best to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction created has the potential to pull the temporary crown loose. You should also avoid biting down on hard or crunchy foods as it could potentially crack the plastic cap and significantly damage the abutment inside.

Healthy gums will also help the eventual new crown fit comfortably into your gumline. You will need to brush and floss the temporary crown to remove plaque and residual food particles. If you’re having issues flossing the area, you might want to try using a brand of waxed dental floss.

If you have a problem with a temporary crown, you should not delay in calling 734.668.6612 to schedule an appointment at Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS.