When a crown restoration is performed at Shiva Hogugi, DDS’s West Bloomfield, Michigan clinic, Dr. Shiva Hogugi typically requires two separate appointments. The first calls for removing the entire tooth enamel layer from a decayed or damaged tooth to create an abutment from the healthy dentin layer within. An impression is then taken and sent to a dental lab, where the final crown is created.
To protect the sensitive abutment, your dentist will secure a temporary crown. This is a hard-plastic cap that is meant to keep the underlying structures safe, it does not replace the original tooth’s ability to bite, chew or grind.
If the temporary crown is chipped, cracked, loosened or damaged in anyway, the abutment within is at serious risk.
It’s best to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth, as it could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. You should also avoid biting off or grinding on hard foods in that area of your mouth. This could potentially crack the temporary crown and damage the abutment.
The temporary crown will also need extra focus in your daily oral hygiene routine. Healthy gums will help insure that your permanent crown will fit comfortably in place. Make sure to brush the temporary crown twice each day and floss each evening, as you would any of your natural teeth.
If you’re struggling to floss temporary crown, you might want to try using waxed floss. The simple waxy coating will allow the strand to slip between teeth and around the temporary crown easily.
If you’re in the process of a crown restoration at Shiva Hogugi, DDS’s West Bloomfield, Michigan clinic and you have concerns about your temporary crown, you can always call 248-669-5110 for further advice.