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Dental restorations, like a dental bridge or crown, typically require two separate appointments at Chamberland Dentistry. After an abutment has been formed, it will need to be protected while the dental lab technician works to complete the final piece of dental work. This hard, plastic cap’s only purpose is to protect the inner abutment. It cannot restore the tooth’s ability to bite, grind or chew food.

A loose or damaged temporary crown can threaten or harm the abutment inside. To help prevent this from occurring, your dentist offers these basic suggestions to help maintain your temporary crown.

It’s a good idea to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction created could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. It’s also wise to 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 new crown seat comfortably with the 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 are in the Shelbyville, Tennessee, area and you have a problem with your temporary crown, you should call 931-684-9167 to seek dental care at Chamberland Dentistry.