Temporaries are not strong. They may break or come off occasionally. If so, slip it back on the tooth with some Fixodent™ (denture adhesive) and then call our office for an appointment. Don’t try and leave the temporary out of your mouth because the teeth will move and the final restoration will not fit. Please floss as directed.
The temporary crown doesn’t look like the permanent one you will get, so don’t worry about color or shape.
Temporary restorations may leak saliva or food onto the tooth. Sensitivity to hot, cold, pressure, or sweets is not uncommon. If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced, please call for an appointment for a simple adjustment.
After the final cementation of your restoration, it may take a few days to get used to the new crown or bridge. You may have some sensitivity for the few weeks. As with the temporary, if the bite doesn’t feel balanced, please call us.
Avoid eating and chewing hard or sticky foods on the restoration for the first 24 hours or so. The cement used to set the crown needs to setup properly so the restoration will last a long time.
Proper brushing, flossing, and regular 6-month (minimal) cleanings are required to help you retain your final restoration. The only area that a crowned tooth can decay is at the edge of the crown at the gum line. Often, small problems that develop around the restorations can be found at an early stage and corrected easily, but waiting for a longer time may require redoing the entire restoration.
Important Information on Crowns
Gold and porcelain crowns are the same for practically all cases, except that porcelain can chip. Approximately 1 out of every 100 porcelain crowns chip and need replacement. This will never happen with gold crowns. This should be taken into consideration when choosing between a porcelain and gold crown.