The temporary crown cemented over the abutment by Southland Smiles is essentially just a hard plastic cap intended to protect the abutment while we wait for the dental lab to complete your permanent crown. The temporary crown does not effectively restore the full function of the tooth. If your temporary crown is damaged or falls off it could seriously damage the abutment leading to serious complications.
That being said there are a few basic care and cleaning considerations to be mindful of, to help you take adequate care of your temporary crown. It’s a good idea to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth, as it could potentially pull the temporary crown loose.
The temporary crown needs to be included in your daily oral hygiene routine. Healthy gums will help insure that your permanent crown will fit comfortably in place. So be sure to brush and floss the temporary crown as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. If you’re having issues flossing the area, you might want to try using waxed floss. The waxy coating tends to allow the strand to slip between teeth and around the temporary crown easily.
If for some reason, your temporary crown becomes loose, is damage or falls out, you should call Southland Smiles immediately at 708-794-4253 to set up an appointment.