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When your dentist, Dr. James R. Healy, restores a tooth with a dental crown, it often requires two separate appointments. The first appointment involves removing the tooth enamel to form an abutment made of dentin that is surrounding the healthy pulp and root of the tooth. This will eventually provide a strong anchor point for your eventual dental crown. At the end of this first appointment, the dentist will secure a hard, plastic, temporary crown over the abutment to protect it while our dental lab technician prepares the final crown.

It’s important to keep in mind that a temporary crown does not effectively restore the tooth’s ability to bite, grind or chew food. If your temporary crown is damaged or if it falls out, it can seriously damage the abutment and lead to significant complications.

It’s best to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction this causes could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. At the same time, biting down on hard foods, crunching ice or chewing on foreign objects could possibly crack the biting surface of the temporary crown and damage the abutment.

Healthy gums make it easier to secure your new crown successfully. The temporary crown will still need to be brushed twice and flossed once a day as if it was a real tooth. Many people find that waxed floss is easier to work in and around tight spaces.

If you have questions or problems with your temporary crown in Ogden, Utah, you shouldn’t hesitate to call Healy Dental Care at 801-394-0808 to schedule an appointment.