Crown and Bridge

Things to Know About Your Temporary Crown

  • The anesthesia will wear off about 1-3 hours after the procedure. It is very important to avoid chewing on the numb side in order to prevent injury to the tongue, lips, and cheek on the affected side.
  • Avoid eating sticky foods (caramel, chewing gum, hard candy) on the side of your mouth with a temporary crown. These foods can dislodge or break the temporary crown.
  • You can brush the temporary crown normally, but you will need to be extra careful with flossing. If you need to floss around the crown, do not pop the floss out as it can dislodge the crown. Once you floss around the gums, remove the floss by pulling through the side.
  • If your temporary crown is dislodged, please let us know so that we can re-cement it. The temporary crown serves many purposes. It provides a cover for your prepped tooth so that it does not cause pain. It also holds the space for your permanent restoration so that your adjacent teeth do not move. If your temporary crown is dislodged while you are out of town or unable to see us in the office, most drugstores carry temporary dental cement. Just place a small drop of cement inside the temporary crown and push it back in.
  • Let us know if your bite feels uneven where the temporary crown is, this can lead to pain and sensitivity.
  • If you suddenly start experiencing cold or hot sensitivity around the temporary crown, it may be cracked. Please let us know so that we can take a look at the area.
  • You may experience tenderness or pain at the injection site. This is temporary. Apply an ice pack to the affected area
  • If your gums around the temporary crown become sensitive, rinse with a warm salt water solution a few times a day.
  • Your temporary crown is porous and will stain easily with dark colored foods.

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