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How to care for Temporary Crowns

What is a temporary crown

A temporary crown is a 'cap' the dentist places over teeth while waiting for the permanent crown to be cemented. 

This can be various reasons, such as: 

  • Monitoring tooth or gum healing

  • Waiting for final crown fabrication from the laboratory.

A temporary crown serves to:

  • Protect the underlying tooth structure.

  • Hold the space for the new crown so that teeth surrounding the tooth do not drift into the space meant for the crown. 

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Temporary crown Care

  1. Avoid eating hard, crunchy or sticky food. (e.g. Nuts; cracking crab shells; ice cubes; glutinous rice)

  2. Avoid picking or pulling on the temporary crowns.

  3. Avoid food that is too extreme in temperatures. 

  4. Try to eat using the opposite side of your mouth without temporary crowns. 

  5. Brush your teeth as per normal. 

  6. While flossing, slide the floss out towards the cheek to avoid dislodging the temporary crown. 

What to do if your temporary crown dislodges

  • Remain calm. We are here to help. 

  • Do not recement the temporary crown yourself. 

  • Call the clinic for an appointment as soon as possible. 

  • Bring the dislodged temporary crown. 

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