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When Dr. Brent A. Spears secures a temporary crown, it is only intended to protect the abutment within while the dental lab is preparing your new crown or bridge. It does not actually restore the full function of the tooth’s ability to bite off, chew or grind food. If the temporary crown comes loose, falls off or is damaged in some way it could cause significant damage to the abutment and cause major complications.

It’s best to avoid eating sticky foods or chewing gum on that side of your mouth. This could potentially cause enough suction to pull the temporary crown loose. Hard and crunchy foods also pose a threat as they could actually crack the crown and damage the sensitive abutment inside.

Maintaining healthy gums will help to ensure that the permanent crown seats comfortably in the socket. This means you will need to brush and floss the temporary crown, just like you would any other tooth in your mouth. If you’re having problems working the strand of floss in place, you might want to use a brand of waxed dental floss.

If you have questions about how to best take care of your temporary crown, or something happens to it, you need to call Brent A. Spear, DDS’s office in Fort Worth, Texas at 817.920.1488 to seek urgent treatment. We are always ready to help with all your oral care needs!