Restoring a damaged, decayed or cosmetically restoring a tooth with a crown often requires two separate procedures. During the first procedure Dr. John McAllister removes the bulk of the enamel layer from the tooth, to create an abutment that will eventually anchor your permanent crown. Since it takes a little while for the dental lab to create your permanent crown, Dr. John McAllister will cement a temporary crown in place to protect the area.
It’s important to remember that the temporary crown is only intended to protect the abutment. Even though it can handle the occasional bite of soft food it should not be heavily involved in chewing food or gum and you should never crunch down on it with hard foods. If your temporary crown is damaged or falls out, it could damage the abutment and lead to serious complications.
You will still need to maintain your regular daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice per day, while you await your permanent crown. You should still try to floss around the temporary crown to help keep the surrounding gums healthy. Floss with a waxy coating can more easily slip around the temporary crown to keep in clean of food particles and plaque.
If your temporary crown comes loose or falls out, you should call Dr. John McAllister immediately at 828-322-6731 to schedule an appointment.