4 Things You Should Know About Caring for Temporary Crowns
If your dentist has scheduled you for a root canal and crown placement, you will likely need to have a temporary crown placed over your tooth before having the permanent crown cemented. While you’re waiting for the permanent crown to be placed, a temporary crown allows you to eat normally.
1. Watch What You Eat
Temporary crowns are held in place with cement, but it’s not as firm as the cement used for permanent crowns – after all, your dentist will need to be able to easily remove it in a few weeks in order to put the permanent crown in place.
Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the temporary crown is located. Also avoid sticky or hard foods that might crack the crown, or pull it out of your mouth.
2. Don’t Neglect Brushing and Flossing
You may be tempted to avoid brushing and flossing around the tooth with the temporary crown, but resist the temptation. The seal isn’t as tight as it would be on a permanent crown, and food particles or bacteria could get underneath the temporary crown and cause cavities on the prepared tooth. Normal brushing and flossing should not be enough to dislodge the crown.