Restoring a damaged or decayed tooth or cosmetically restoring a tooth with a crown often requires two separate appointments. During the first procedure, Dr. Sonny Ashfar removes the bulk of the enamel layer of 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. Sonny Ashfar 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 twice and flossing once 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 it clean of food particles and plaque.
If your temporary crown comes loose or falls out, you should call Dr. Sonny Ashfar immediately at 916.773.6222 to schedule an appointment.