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A dental crown restoration involves replacing the tooth enamel layer of a decayed, damaged or imperfect tooth with an artificial cap. It will eventually be cemented into place over the abutment that is formed by the healthy internal structures of the tooth. The crown needs to be made at our off-site dental lab. A hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented in place over the abutment to protect it while you await the completion of your new crown.

It’s important to remember that the temporary crown does not effectively restore the tooth’s ability to bite, grind or chew. If your temporary crown is damaged or if it falls out, it can seriously damage the abutment and lead to significant complications.

You should try to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction this causes could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. At the same time, 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.

Healthy gums make it easier to secure your new crown comfortably in place. The temporary crown will still need to be brushed and flossed twice a day as if it was a real tooth. Many people find that waxed floss is easier to work in and around tight spaces.

If you have a problem with your temporary crown in Allen, Texas, you should call Dean Doles Family Dentistry at 972-727-7269 to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Dean Doles.