A temporary crown is essentially a hard plastic cap that is cemented over an abutment to protect it while a dental lab makes your permanent crown. This temporary crown cannot fully restore the tooth’s ability to grind and chew. If your temporary crown is damaged or falls out it can seriously damage the abutment and cause even more serious problems.
You should avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth, as it could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. Biting down on hard foods, crunching ice or bad habits like chewing on pencils and pens could potentially crack the biting surface of the temporary crown.
It’s important to maintain your oral hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing twice per day. Don’t be afraid to floss around the temporary crown. Healthy gums will help insure that your permanent crown will fit comfortably in place. If you’re having issues flossing the area, you might want to try using waxed floss. The waxy coating tends to allow the strand to slip between teeth and around the temporary crown easily.
If for some reason, your temporary crown becomes loose, is damage or falls out, you should call Eric Goldberg, DDS Family & General Dentistry as soon as possible at 610-363-6181 to set up an appointment to clean the area and cement the temporary crown back in place.