A Temporary Crown Does Not Restore a Tooth’s Ability to Chew

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A dental crown restoration typically has two distinction stages of treatment. The first appointment calls for removing the enamel layer of the tooth and addressing any decay that might have affected the internal structures of the tooth. This leaves behind an abutment that can anchor the crown in place.

Dr. Mark DeVuyst will then create an impression, which will be sent to an off-site dental lab to serve as a guide while the technicians create your new crown. While you await the completion of your crown, Dr. Mark DeVuyst will protect the abutment with a hard, plastic cap,which is called a temporary crown.

It’s important to remember that the temporary crown does not effectively restore the tooth’s ability to bite, grind or chew. If it’s loosened or damaged or if it falls out, it could lead to serious complications.

The potential suction created by chewing gum or eating sticky foods can potentially pull the temporary crown loose. Biting down on hard foods, crunching on ice, or chewing on foreign objects could possibly crack the biting surface of the temporary crown and damage the abutment.

It’s important to maintain healthy gums to allow the permanent crown to seat comfortably with the gumline. You will need to brush and floss the crown as part of your routine oral hygiene routine. Waxed dental floss can help work the strand into place easily. This minimizes the chances of injuring your gums by forcing the strand into place.

If you have any questions or concerns about your temporary crown in Clinton Township, Michigan, you can always call 586-416-1625 to seek further advice from the staff at Dentist 4 Life - Mark DeVuyst DDS, PC.