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A temporary crown’s primary purpose is to protect the sensitive abutment that will one day come to anchor your new dental crown. This hard, plastic cap is not strong enough to restore the full function of the tooth in order to bite or chew tough foods.

If your temporary crown is damaged, comes loose or falls out, it could damage the abutment inside and cause significant complications. To reduce the chances of this happening, your dentist, Dr. Tyler Williams, offers these basic suggestions to help you maintain your temporary dental crown in Murray, Utah.

You should try to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction created has the potential to pull the temporary crown loose. You should also avoid biting down on hard or crunchy foods because it could potentially crack the plastic cap and significantly damage the abutment inside.

Healthy gums will also help the eventual new crown fit comfortably into place. You will need to brush and floss the temporary crown to remove plaque and residual food particles. If you’re having issues flossing the area, you might want to try using a brand of waxed dental floss.

If you have any troubles with your temporary crown, you shouldn’t hesitate to call Pinecrest Dental at (801) 503.0035 to have your dentist examine and treat it.