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There are two distinct steps to having James D. Schuette. DDS. restore one of your teeth with a crown. Once your dentist forms the abutment, it will take a little while for the dental lab to complete your custom permanent crown.

In the interim a temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to keep it protected. It’s important to remember that the temporary crown does not restore the tooth’s ability to bite, grind or chew. If your temporary crown is damaged or falls out it can seriously damage the abutment and cause even more serious problems.

You should try to avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum on that side of your mouth. While the cement holding it in place is strong, sticky substances could potentially pull the temporary crown off and expose the sensitive abutment inside.

Biting down on hard foods, crunching ice, or chewing on pencils and pens is especially dangerous as it could potentially crack the biting surface of the temporary crown while damaging the abutment as well.

It’s important to maintain good oral health while you have the temporary crown. Healthy gums make it easier to mount your permanent crown and seat it comfortably near the gum line. You should still floss carefully around the temporary crown. Waxed floss tends to allow the strand to slip between teeth and around the temporary crown easily.

If something happens to your temporary crown, or it just feels loose, you should call James D. Schuette. DDS. at 816-554-7656 as soon as possible to set up an appointment to have it addressed.