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At the end of your first appointment to have your damaged or decayed tooth restored by a crown, your Dentists at Memorial Park dentist secured a temporary crown over the remaining abutment. It’s important to note that the temporary crown is only really intended to protect the abutment while the dental lab is working on your permanent crown.

Taking that into consideration, there are a few special care tips to keep in mind as you go about your day.

The hard plastic material of the temporary crown is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel. It lacks the sufficient integrity to safely bite off, chew or grind hard foods. Should you use it in this capacity, you could crack the temporary crown and even cause significant damage to the abutment inside.

Chewing gum and sticky foods on that side of your mouth could also create enough suction to pull the temporary crown free, exposing the abutment to any number of threats!

Good oral health is also essential for maintaining healthy gums, which will allow the new crown to seat comfortably in your gums. So you should feel comfortable brushing and flossing the temporary crown. Wax coated floss will also help you slip the strand along the gum line around the temporary crown.

If you have questions about how to best take care of your temporary crown, or you have any problems with it, you can call Dentists at Memorial Park at 713-861-8323 to schedule an appointment.