How to Care for Your Temporary Crown

Temporary dental crowns are used to restore a tooth while a permanent, custom-fit crown is made. Unlike permanent crowns, which can be made of many different materials depending on your needs, temporary crowns are usually constructed from an acrylic material or, in some cases, stainless steel. 

When you get a temporary crown, it won’t be in your mouth for long. But it’s still important to give your temporary crown the care and attention it needs to avoid any discomfort now, and to prevent future complications. 

Amanda Darling, DDS and our team of dental care providers at Legacy Dental Care specialize in providing top-of-the-line dental crowns to our patients in Ballwin, Missouri. While Dr. Darling gives you aftercare instructions when placing your temporary crown, knowing what to expect can make you feel more at ease. 

That’s why we’ve put together this helpful list of instructions about caring for your temporary crown. Keep reading to learn what you need to know. 

Brush and floss… with care

You might be tempted to skip regular brushing and flossing around your temporary crown. But it’s important to clean around your temporary crown since the seal isn’t as tight fitting as it is on a permanent crown and particles of food or bacteria can get underneath. Brush and floss twice a day, but be sure not to brush your temporary crown too hard. 

When flossing around a temporary crown, there are some steps to take to ensure you don’t accidentally dislodge your crown. Instead of flossing up and down along the side of your tooth with the temporary crown, push the floss in between the teeth, then slide it out from the side instead of pulling it down. Your provider at Legacy Dental Care will show you how to floss correctly. 

Be mindful of your food

Dr. Darling adheres your temporary crown with dental cement, but it’s not permanent cement since your temporary crown will come out in a matter of weeks. As such, it’s important to avoid using the side of your mouth with a temporary crown when you chew. 

You’ll also want to stay away from very hard foods and sticky foods, as these can crack the crown or pull it out of place. Dr. Darling will discuss which foods to steer clear of while wearing your temporary crown, but common foods to avoid include:

Foods that are extremely hot or cold should also be consumed with care, as they can affect the temporary cement.     

Know how to handle a loose or missing crown

Even the most careful among us may experience a temporary crown becoming loose or coming off completely. After all, temporary crowns are designed to come out without too much difficulty. If this happens, try gently putting the crown back in place.  

If you can’t refit the crown or if you lose your temporary crown completely, the best thing to do is call the team at Legacy Dental Care to schedule an appointment. We’ll likely replace the missing crown with a new temporary crown. 

If you lose a temporary crown, never wait until your permanent crown comes in before seeing your dental provider. Your natural tooth is vulnerable to heat and cold and you’ll have problems eating and drinking. In addition, your natural tooth may move out of place without a crown to keep it stable. This could cause issues with your permanent crown. 

Need more information about caring for your temporary crown? Contact the experts at Legacy Dental Care by calling our Ballwin office at 636-203-7519 and set up an appointment today! 

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