There are two different phases to having Dr. Dido Kim restore a tooth with a crown. Once the abutment is formed during the first appointment, there will be a brief wait, while the dental lab prepares your permanent crown. To protect the abutment Dr. Dido Kim secures a hard plastic temporary crown in place.
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 falls out it can seriously damage the abutment and lead to significant complications. As such, it requires a little thoughtful care.
You should try to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. 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 secure your permanent crown successfully. This includes flossing the temporary crown. Many people find that waxed floss is easier to work in and around tight spaces.
If for some reason, your temporary crown becomes loose, is damage or falls out, you should not delay in calling Dr. Dido Kim’s office in North Bergen, New Jersey at 201-854-5500 to schedule an appointment.