The process of having a crown fitted onto one of your teeth happens in two stages. The initial appointment involves the dentist creating an abutment by removing most of the enamel from a tooth that was severely decayed, or fractured. The dentist then places a hard plastic cap known as a temporary crown over the area to protect it while the dental lab creates your permanent crown.
You should keep in mind that the temporary crown’s only role is to keep the abutment protected. it cannot restore the full function of the tooth. If the temporary crown comes loose or is damaged the abutment could break off, which could require a root canal to restore the internal structure of the tooth.
It’s important to maintain your oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice per day. Using waxed floss will help you keep the gum tissues around the temporary crown free or plaque and food particles. Healthy gums will help insure that your permanent crown is cemented comfortably in place.
You should avoid eating sticky foods or chewing gum on that side of your mouth, as it could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. Chewing hard foods, crunching ice or chewing on hard objects on that side of your mouth could also crack the hard plastic biting surface.
If your temporary crown becomes loose or falls out, you should call us immediately at 713-631-3700 to set up an appointment to clean the area and cement the cap back in place.