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If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed or requires cosmetic repairs, you may receive a dental crown, which is placed in two separate visits to Carolyn L. Yu, DDS. Dental crown placement often involves wearing a temporary dental crown, and it requires special care to avoid complications.

At your first appointment, our dentist takes away the tooth enamel layer from the tooth receiving the crown to form the natural structure into an abutment that is will eventually keep the permanent dental crown firmly in place. Since it often takes a period of a few weeks for the dental lab to create and submit a permanent crown, we may place a temporary dental crown over the abutment to keep it safe in the meantime.

Keep in mind that the temporary dental appliance is only in place to keep the abutment safe and is not as stable as a permanent crown. You can use the crown to take small and careful bites when eating soft food, but it should not be used to perform any heavy chewing, chomping on gum or eating hard or crunchy food. These habits can damage the temporary crown and even knock it out of your mouth, which can also harm the abutment and cause you to experience additional oral health complications.

While wearing the temporary crown, you should maintain your regular oral health routine, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Use care when flossing near the temporary crown so that you don’t dislodge it but still keep your gums healthy. A floss string with a waxy coating can help you easily slide around the tooth to clear away food particles and plaque with less risk of damage.

In the event of a loose temporary crown in Pinole, California, we encourage you to call Carolyn L. Yu, DDS at 510.974.2147 right away and arrange an appointment with Dr. Carolyn Yu as soon as possible.