Dental crown restorations at Oak Ridge Dental Group typically require two separate appointments. The first calls for removing the entire tooth enamel layer of the tooth in question, leaving behind a dentin pillar called an abutment. This will serve as an anchor point for the eventual crown that is being forged at a state-of-the-art dental lab.
In the interim, the dentin abutment will need to be protected from damage and cavities. This protection comes in the form of a hard, plastic cap, which is called a temporary crown, that Dr. Christopher Lillo cements over the dentin. It’s important to note that this is merely a protective measure to keep the abutment safe from damage and bacterial complications. It cannot replicate the full function of the tooth.
If it is chipped, cracked, loosened or damaged in any way, the abutment within is at serious risk. To help you maintain the integrity of the temporary crown, Dr. Christopher Lillo offers the following insights.
It’s best to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth as it could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. You should also avoid biting, crunching, or grinding hard foods in that area of your mouth. This could potentially crack the temporary crown and damage the abutment.
You will also need to include your temporary crown in your daily oral hygiene routine. Healthy gums will help ensure that your new crown will fit comfortably in place. Make sure to brush the temporary crown twice each day and floss each evening as you would any of your natural teeth.
If you’re struggling to floss temporary crown, you might want to try using waxed floss. The special waxy coating will allow the strand to slip between teeth and around the temporary crown easily.
If you have questions about how to best maintain your temporary crown in Toms River, New Jersey, you can always call 732-341-1120 to seek further advice from a staff member at Oak Ridge Dental Group.