Dr. Brody J. Hildebrand secured a hard plastic temporary crown over the abutment that will soon anchor your permanent crown in place. The temporary crown is intended to protect the abutment while you await completion of your permanent crown by the dental lab.
You should keep in mind that your temporary crown does not restore the tooth’s ability to bite, grind or chew. Should the temporary crown be damaged or falls out it can seriously damage the abutment and cause even more serious problems.
It’s best to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods 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 into or grinding on hard foods or chewing on things like crunching ice, could potentially crack the biting surface of the temporary crown while damaging the abutment as well. This could lead to very serious complications!
Maintaining good oral health while you have the temporary crown. Healthy gums make it easier to secure 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 your temporary crown feels loose or is damaged in any way, you need to call Dr. Brody J. Hildebrand as soon as possible at 214-691-5621 to schedule an appointment.