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Many of the dental and cosmetic restorations performed at ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc. call for the use of a dental crown. This process involves removing the entire tooth enamel layer of an affected tooth. Then, he will take an impression to serve as a guide for the professional dental lab technician who will create the final crown. To protect the core of the tooth while the technician does their work, Dr. Teresa Eplett will secure a temporary crown in place.

This simple, hard, plastic cap’s only purpose is to protect the inner abutment. It does not restore the tooth’s ability to bite, grind or chew food.

If the temporary crown is damaged or loosened or if it falls out, the abutment inside is at significant risk of severe complications. To help prevent this from occurring, Dr. Teresa Eplett offers these basic suggestions to help you maintain your temporary crown.

You should do your best to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction created has the potential to pull the temporary crown loose. You should also avoid biting down on hard or crunchy foods as it could potentially crack the plastic cap and significantly damage the abutment inside.

Healthy gums will help the new crown seat comfortably with the gums surrounding the socket. So, you will need to brush and floss the temporary crown to remove plaque and residual food particles. If you’re having issues flossing the area, you might want to try using a brand of waxed dental floss.

If you are in the Medford, Oregon, area and you have a problem with your temporary crown, you should call 541-772-8280 to seek timely care at ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc..