How to care for temporary crowns
Dental crowns are specially created hollow teeth that can be used to restore the health and appearance of teeth that have been cracked or broken.
If you are getting new crowns at Oxford Family Dental we will ask you to come into our Port Coquitlam dental office where we will take an impression of your mouth that we can use to create your new crown. During this appointment, we will also reduce your original tooth and place a temporary crown over the site. This temporary crown will have to be worn until the permanent crown is prepared and you can revisit Oxford Family Dental to have it bonded to your tooth.
Temporary crowns are not as durable as permanent crowns and require some special care.
– The cement that holds temporary crowns in place requires 30 minutes to set. Do not eat or drink anything after your appointment until this timeframe has passed.
– Stay away from eating anything sticky which might pull your crowns from their fixture; including chewy caramels, gum or toffee. Temporary crowns are also at risk of being knocked out of place by hard foods such as carrots, apples, and nuts etc. If you have to eat something tough like a steak, cut it into small pieces and then chew it on the other side of your mouth.
– It is very important to care for the gum surrounding temporary crowns to make sure no plaque or bacteria build up in the area. Gently brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As the gum will have experienced some trauma it may be sore and swollen for a few days. To reduce any swelling, you can rinse with a salt water solution up to three times a day.
– Temporary crowns are made from an acrylic resin and can easily absorb the pigments from products like red wine, coffee, tobacco, and the turmeric in curry powder.