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When our dentist, Dr. Sherif Gabr, restores a tooth with a dental crown in Bristol, Connecticut, it often requires two separate phases. The first phase involves removing all of the tooth enamel to form an abutment. Then, our dentist will put a hard, plastic, temporary crown in place to protect it while you wait for the dental lab technicians to create your permanent crown.

It’s important to keep in mind that the temporary crown does not effectively restore the tooth’s ability to bite, grind or chew. If your temporary crown is damaged or if it falls out, it can seriously damage the abutment and lead to significant complications.

You should try to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth to avoid those complications. The suction created could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. At the same time, biting down on hard foods, crunching ice or chewing on foreign objects could potentially crack the biting surface of the temporary crown and cause significant damage to the abutment.

The temporary crown also deserves focus in your daily oral hygiene routine. Healthy gums make it easier to successfully secure your permanent crown into place. This means you should floss and brush the temporary crown.

If for some reason your temporary crown becomes loose, is damaged or falls out, please don’t delay calling Modern Dentistry of New England at 860-582-4485 to have your temporary crown in Bristol, Connecticut, treated as soon as possible.