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A temporary crown is often used to help protect your dentin during the process of a restoring a tooth with a dental crown, including a crown that will be used to anchor a dental bridge. This is a small, yet durable cap that is carefully secured in place.

A temporary crown will not effectively restore the tooth’s essential function. It is merely meant to protect the sensitive internal abutment that will eventually secure your new dental work in place. While the dental lab is creating your permanent crown, it’s best to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction might pull the temporary crown loose. You should also avoid biting down on hard foods or chew on ice or foreign objects. You could potentially chip, crack, or fracture the temporary crown. In some cases, the damage can extend to the protected dentin.

If your temporary crown is loosened, damaged, or compromised in any way, it could lead to significant complications. A damaged temporary crown could create dental conditions that may delay the restoration process or even require additional invasive treatments. In a case like this, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Damon P. Swenson.

If you are in the Orem, Utah, area and are having a problem with your temporary crown, please call 801-224-7337 to have it examined at CrossPointe Dental as soon as possible.