Having a tooth restored with a dental crown at Bethaney B. Brenner, DMD, LLC often calls for two distinct treatment phases. During the first phase, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner removes any affected tooth enamel, leaving behind a core structure of dentin that is surrounding the pulp and root of the tooth. A detailed impression will then be cast of this abutment and will be sent to our professional dental lab to aid the technicians while crafting your new crown.
To protect the abutment, your dentist will secure a hard, plastic cap, which is called a temporary crown, over it. It’s important to note that this is merely a protective measure to keep the abutment safe from damage while the dental lab technician is producing the new crown.
If it is chipped, cracked, loosened or damaged in any way, the abutment within is at serious risk. To help you maintain the integrity of the temporary crown, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner recommends the following insights.
It’s best to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth as it could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. You should also avoid biting off, crunching down, or grinding on hard foods in that area of your mouth. This could potentially crack the temporary crown and damage the abutment.
It’s also wise to include your temporary crown in your daily oral hygiene routine. Healthy gums will help ensure that your new crown will fit comfortably in place. Make sure to brush the temporary crown twice each day and floss each evening as you would any of your natural teeth.
If you’re having trouble working the strand of floss around the temporary crown, you might want to try using waxed floss. The waxy coating will allow the strand to slip between teeth and around the temporary crown easily.
If you have questions about how to best maintain your temporary crown in Burlington, Connecticut, you can always call 860-673-7155 to speak to our team.