The hard, plastic, temporary crown your dentist, Dr. James Voorhees, secured in place is designed to protect the internal abutment of a tooth. It’s important to keep in mind that it does not restore the full function of the tooth for chewing and grinding hard foods.
If your temporary crown is damaged or cracked or if it falls out of your mouth, it could damage the abutment within. This could potentially lead to some serious complications. With that in mind, Dr. James Voorhees recommends these basic daily care measures to keep your temporary crown safe and strong.
Biting hard foods, crunching ice or chewing on pencils and pens could crack the biting surface of the temporary crown. At the same time, you should also try to avoid eating sticky foods or chewing gum on that side of your mouth. The stickiness and suction could potentially pull the temporary crown loose from the abutment.
Your new crown will seat comfortably in the socket if you maintain healthy gums. You shouldn’t be afraid to brush and floss around the temporary crown. If you’re having problems working the dental floss between the teeth and the temporary crown, you might want to try using waxed floss. The light, waxy coating will help the strand slip into place without forcing it or snapping it into the gums.
If you have questions about how to provide daily care and cleaning for your temporary crown in Lenexa, Kansas, you can always call 913-888-2474 to speak to a member of our James T. Voorhees, DDS team.