Having a tooth restored by a dental crown involves replacing the tooth enamel layer an artificial material. It will eventually be cemented into place over the abutment that is formed by the healthy internal structures of the tooth. The crown needs to be made at our off-site dental lab. A hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented in place over the abutment to protect it while you await the completion of your new crown. It’s important to take good care of your temporary crown so you can prevent complications.
Brushing and flossing around a temporary crown is essential for maintaining healthy gums and helping the new crown seat comfortably in the gumline.
As you go about your day, you need to be mindful of the fact that a temporary crown is not as functional as a new crown. If possible, you should avoid chewing gum or eating sticking or hard foods on that side of your mouth. This could potentially pull the crown loose or crack the hard plastic.
If you do have a loose or damaged temporary crown, you should seek timely treatment at N.J. Nicastro Dental PC. If there are food and debris in your mouth, you should gently rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This will give you a clear view of the abutment and will allow you to assess the situation.
You shouldn’t attempt any other cleaning treatments as this could potentially damage the sensitive abutment. Anything that needs to be done can be performed by your dentist, Dr. Nicholas Nicastro Jr..
If you have questions about your temporary crown in Port Jefferson Station, New York, you should call 631-928-2020 to schedule an appointment.