Temporary Crowns or Bridges
You have just received a temporary crown. This temporary crown is meant only to serve your needs while a permanent crown is being made for you.
The color of the plastic temporary crown may not resemble the final (permanent) crown.
Shape and Size:
Temporary crowns are custom-made for each patient but they will not be like the final crown, which indeed is being crafted especially for you.
Here are some other things you need to know about your temporary crown:
1. Your gums and teeth may be very tender after tooth crown preparations. Mix one half teaspoon salt in an 8 ounce glass of warm water. Swish gently to clean the area and hold the warm salt water to sooth the tissue. Do this 2 to 3 times a day. You can expect your tooth to be sensitive to temperature change for awhile.
2. When brushing, use a soft bristled brush. Gently massage gums and teeth to clean the area and encourage rapid healing.
3. Avoid sticky foods (gum, taffy, caramels, etc.) chewing ice, nuts and hard candy.
4. Floss your temporary crowns gently. Just slide floss gently toward the gum and pull floss out to the side, so crown will not "pop off".
5. If the nerves of your teeth were unhealthy before treatment, they may become symptomatic at this time. If the tooth does not settle down after the initial tenderness, please contact us.
6. Temporary crowns are not strong. They may occasionally break or come off. If this should happen to you, please contact our office immediately. Bring your crown with you and we will replace it. Should you be unable to contact us, simply go to a pharmacy and get some Fixodent or a commercial product especially made to reseat your temporary crown. Replace the temporary crown on your tooth using the Fixodent to hold it in place until you can contact us.