Care Tips For Temporary Crowns

 Permanent vs Temporary Crowns 

If you need a permanent crown for your teeth due to dental problems the good news is that a permanent crown completely alters your smile for the better, strengthen weakened teeth and they are completely synchronistic with your teeth.

The bad news so to speak, is that since a permanent crown is custom created to fit your mouth, it will take two to three weeks before the crown is fitted to you by your dentist.

So you will need a temporary crown or crowns.

Quite naturally, your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to take care of them, but let this article serve as a general reminder. 

 How is your temporary crown affixed 

Both your permanent and your temporary crown will be affixed to your teeth via special dental glue which is very strong. However, the main difference is that your permanent crown is a custom fit for your teeth.

 General instructions as to taking care of your temporary crowns 

Your temporary crowns are designed to let you chew normally but you most definitely want to be gentle with the foods that you eat.

You want to avoid foods such as:

  •  Steak or tough meat 
  •  Crunchy vegetables such as carrots 
  •  Hard and crunch fruits such as Applles 
  •  Corn on the Cob 
  •  Popcorn 
  •  Nuts of any kind 
  •  All hard candies 
  •  Chewing Ice 
  •  Pretzels 
  •  Bagels 

Generally, you should avoid any food that requires a significant “bite of force” on your temporary crown should be avoided, although if you are cautious and eat only on the opposite side of your mouth you can eat such foods in moderation. 

In addition, avoid eating extremely hot or very cold foods while you still have a temporary crown in as such foods can weaken the temporary cement that holds your temporary crown in your mouth. 

 Brushing your teeth and flossing 

No, by all means, don’t suspend your normal oral care, which means brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. However, when you have temporary crowns, you need to be more gentle.

Consider purchasing a softer toothbrush than you normally would use, and be very gentle as you brush your teeth.

As to flossing, try gently sliding the floss between your teeth to avoid loosening the temporary crown, and if possible use a water pick rather than flossing. 

But having a temporary crown is not an excuse for a holiday from brushing or flossing. Just be more careful?

 What if your temporary crown becomes loose or it even falls out? 

It’s not totally uncommon to experience either of these problems and the solution is to contact your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible.

If the situation is caught early enough, then most likely your dentist can simply reglue the temporary crown back in. Probably up to 95 percent of temporary crowns can simply be reglued back in.

However, you do not want to delay, in particular, if your crown falls out. Delaying can subject your “raw” undertooth to experience damage to both the tooth and the gums.

In addition, if there is a gap in your teeth while you are waiting for your permanent crown, it may no longer fit properly. 

 The bottom line about temporary crowns 

Temporary crowns are designed by dentists as placeholders until your permanent crown is ready. Your permanent crown is made in a laboratory and is custom designed by your dentist to fit your situation.

Your temporary crown, on the other hand, is made by your dentist using either acrylic or metallic material. Temporary crowns are not near as strong as permanent crowns so you need to take plenty of precautions until your permanent crown is ready. Go gentle with your brushing and flossing, and avoid eating hard or sticky foods. 

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