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When one of Apple Family Dental’s dentists secures a temporary crown it is only intended to protect the abutment within while the dental lab works on your new crown or bridge. It does not actually restore the tooth’s ability to bite off, chew or grind food. If it comes loose, falls off or is damaged in some way, the abutment within will be at serious risk.

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 fits 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. Waxed dental floss tends to help work the strand in place around the delicate areas where the temporary crown meets the gum line.

If you have questions about how to best take care of your temporary crown, or something happens to it, you should not delay in calling Apple Family Dental’s Longview, Washington clinic to have the problem remedied.