If you have recently had dental work performed by your dentist, such as a root canal, they may recommend the use of a temporary crown. Although you may feel that it is unnecessary, they are invaluable to the success of your permanent dental crowns in State College. While they are only in place for a short time, they serve an important role in your treatment plan.
What is a Temporary Crown?
Often, a temporary crown is needed until your permanent restoration is ready to be bonded in place. It is often constructed from acrylic resins or aluminum and bonded to your tooth using a soft temporary dental cement. This allows it to be removed easily when the time it right.
While in place, it helps to protect your tooth from damage and reduce sensitivity when eating or drinking. In addition, it helps to prevent your teeth from shifting while also shaping your gum tissue. Since your tooth will need to be reshaped to allow a custom-made crown to be placed over it, the temporary restoration will help to hide its appearance in the meantime.
Since the purpose of the crown is to only be used for a short time, they only last for a few weeks, whereas your permanent one will last for an average of 10 years before needing to be replaced. To promote the longevity of your temporary one, it is best to care for it properly.
How Do I Care for Temporary Crowns?
After your temporary crown has been placed by your State College dentist, it is best to avoid eating for the next 30 minutes to allow the cement to set. Since a soft bonding material is used, it is not uncommon for them to fall off. To prevent it, do not chew with the crown and avoid any sticky goods that may cause it to come loose.
You will also need to maintain your oral hygiene habits at home. Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Carefully floss in between each tooth and clean around the gum line.
Even with the best care, your temporary crown can still come loose, especially if it is left in place for longer than intended. If it falls off or becomes loose, contact your dentist to have it replaced.
Restore Your Smile Today!
While on your journey to a rehabilitated smile, rest assured that a temporary crown is in your best interest. Take the time to care for it properly each day to protect your tooth from additional damage.
About Dr. Chris J. Devlin
Dr. Chris J. Devlin enjoys making his patients smile through high-quality dental care. He embraces the latest advancements in dentistry while maintaining the highest standard of care to promote the health of your teeth and gums. He not only provides preventive care but restorative services and many areas of specialty as well. If you need a dental crown, he offers the services you need. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.