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Certain dental restorations, like dental bridges and dental crowns provided at Powell Boulevard Dental, often calls for two separate appointments. After an abutment has been formed and an impression is taken of the area, any tooth that is being restored will be protected by a temporary crown.

This hard, plastic cap does not effectively restore the tooth’s ability to bite, grind, or chew. If it’s damaged or if it falls out, the damage to the abutment within can cause severe complications and pain. By taking small measures to protect and clean it each day, you can help ensure a smooth experience during the restoration process.

You should make every effort to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction this creates could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. This also applies to biting down on hard, crunchy foods as this could crack the temporary crown and damage the dentin abutment within.

It’s also important to maintain good oral hygiene practices. Healthy gums will seat the new crown comfortably in the socket. The temporary crown will still need to be brushed and flossed twice a day as if it was a real tooth. Many people find that waxed floss is easier to work in and around tight spaces.

If you are in the process of having a tooth restored at Powell Boulevard Dental and you have a concern about a temporary crown in Portland, Oregon, you can always call 503-235-7181 to speak to a member of Dr. Denise M. Walthour’s staff.