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Having a tooth restored with a dental crown typically happens in two distinct stages. The first appointment involves removing the tooth enamel layer to prepare an abutment. This small pillar of dentin will eventually anchor the dental crown in your mouth. Once this is done Dr. Van Parham will secure a temporary crown in place to protect the exposed dental structure.

Dental lab technicians will then go to work creating your new dental crown from special materials such as gold, porcelain, or base metal alloys. In the interim, you will need to take special care of your temporary crown to prevent and undue distress of damage.

It’s important to note that this plastic cap’s only purpose is to protect the abutment. It cannot restore the tooth’s ability to bite, grind, or chew food. If it becomes damaged or comes loose the complications can be significant.

It’s best to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction created might pull the temporary crown loose. It’s also wise to avoid biting down on hard or crunchy foods with the temporary crown as it could crack the hard plastic.

Healthy gums will also help your new dental crown to seat comfortably with the gumline. You should still brush and floss the temporary crown each day. If you’re having issues flossing the area, you might want to try using a brand of waxed dental floss.

If you are in the Irving, Texas area and you have a problem with your temporary crown, you should call 972-441-8199 to seek care at The Art of Dentistry.