Having Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta restore a tooth with a crown is a two-step process. While the dental lab prepares your permanent crown, a temporary crown is cemented over an abutment to protect it. 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 damage the abutment and cause even more serious problems.
Do your best to 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 chewing on pencils and pens is especially dangerous as it could potentially crack the biting surface of the temporary crown while damaging the abutment at the same time.
Don’t be afraid to floss around the temporary crown. Healthy gums make it easier to mount your permanent crown and seat it comfortably near the gum line. Waxed floss is preferable to unwaxed as the waxy coating allows 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 need to call Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta as soon as possible at 206.363.1828 to set up an appointment. Then he can clean the area, inspect the abutment and replace the temporary crown.