The dental crown restorations performed at Creekside Family Dental are designed to fully replicate the tooth enamel layer of an affected or afflicted tooth. This typically calls for two separate appointments. The first appointment involves removing the entire tooth enamel layer to prepare an anchoring abutment. Then it will be protected by a temporary crown that is made from hard plastic while an off-site dental lab technician works to prepare the new crown.
The temporary crown does not effectively restore the tooth’s ability to bite, grind or chew. If it’s damaged or if it falls out, it can seriously damage the abutment and lead to significant complications.
You should make every effort to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction this causes could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. This also applies to biting down on hard, crunchy foods because this could crack the temporary crown and cause damage to the dentin abutment within.
It’s also important to maintain good oral hygiene practices. Healthy gums will seat the permanent crown comfortably in the socket. The temporary crown will still need to be brushed and flossed twice a day as if it were a real tooth. Many people find that waxed floss is easier to work in and around tight spaces.
If you are in the process of having a tooth restored with a dental crown at Creekside Family Dental and you have concerns about how to maintain your temporary crown in Medford, Oregon, you can call 541-210-9661 for further advice. Dr. Meredith McClay and our entire team will be excited to help you!