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HOME CARE OF TEMPORARY CROWN 

A crown is needed when: 

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there is not enough good tooth to support the filling

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the previous filled tooth has more filling than tooth

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there is extensive damage from decay

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discoloration

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fractures or a root canal that can become brittle. 

These teeth are at risk for cracks and fractures and need a crown for support, structure and strength.

The tooth/teeth are prepared by reducing it’s size around the outside to make room for the crown. If the crown is gold a minimum amount can be shaved off because the gold can be fairly thin. If the crown is white or porcelain more tooth must be shaved to make room.

            Your tooth/teeth have been shaped and prepared for your new crown.  Impressions of this tooth/teeth have been taken and a model of your teeth has been prepared.  This stone replica of your tooth/teeth is made up to determine your natural bite. 

Temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth structure

     After your tooth/teeth have been prepared  a “temporary” crown is made to protect this area  and keep it covered for about two weeks while the crown is being fabricated by the lab.  

     This temporary can feel a little rough and sensitive to hot and cold because we don’t want the temporary touching near the gums.  This temporary is than adjusted to fit your bite.  This temporary is cemented with soft paste so that it can be easily removed afterward. 

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Home care is extremely important while your temporary crown is in place.  The health of your gum tissue and the success of your final treatment restoration depends upon it! 

PLEASE follow these precautions:  

Your personlized crown needs good care like the rest of your teeth

bulletBe careful not to bite your lip, cheek or tongue while numb.
bulletAvoid chewing for at least 30 minutes after placement to make sure the cement has "set".
bulletAvoid hot drinks so you don’t burn yourself and eat only soft foods while numb.
bulletTake a mild analgesic (Tylenol™. Advil™, etc) as long as there is no medical contradiction based upon your medical history
bulletKeep this area clean to maintain tissue compatibility (the contour of the prosthesis must allow the surrounding tissue to conform to a natural, healthy position)
bulletIf the tooth becomes sensitive try using a desensitizing toothpaste.
bulletTo reduce any swelling or discomfort in this areas try rinsing with warm salt water three times a day. (1tsp salt in 8oz of water).
bulletBe careful about chewing toffees, gum, grainy rolls and tough steak in this area
bulletBrush at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride.  Be sure to brush carefully around the temporary and take extra care to thoroughly clean this area  
bulletUse a proxybrush to clean around the area after every meal
bulletFloss very carefully around this area at least once a day
bulletUse an alcohol free, antibacterial mouth rinse like Breath Rx™ once to twice a day
bulletAvoid eating curry it may turn the temporary crown bright yellow or orange.  Smoking can stain the temporary
bulletIf the temporary crowns becomes loose between visits, PLEASE place the temporary back on your tooth IMMEDIATELY !  

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If a temporary crown comes off  try a small tube of denture adhesive paste and place a small amount in the crown and place it back on your tooth. Also try Dent Temp™ or Tempenol™ as a temporary adhesive.  Do NOT use ordinary household glue. 

Once again REPLACING THE TEMPORARY CROWN IMMEDIATELY IS VERY IMPORTANT!  It only takes a short time for teeth to move if the temporary is not put back into its proper position.  This could affect the final restoration significantly causing it to not fit and may necessitate new impressions and a great deal of time.  If you cannot replace the temporary crown yourself, put it in a safe place and call us.  We will be happy to recement it for you.

It is important that you keep your appointments so the condition of this area does not change before treatment is completed which can result in the permanent crown/bridge not fitting and requiring a lot of adjustments and chair time.

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