If you are having a crown prepared for your tooth, and it it not a “Same Day” Cerec crown, you will need a temporary crown in place until the permanent crown can be fabricated by an outside laboratory and then permanently seated in your mouth at our office. Occasionally, a temporary crown or bridge may break or come off before the permanent one is ready to be placed. It is very important that it is replaced as soon as possible to prevent the teeth from shifting position and compromising the fit of your final restoration. If possible, try to reposition the temporary crown on your tooth and call us immediately so it can be repaired and recemented. To keep your temporary crown in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss, which may dislodge the temporary crown. Pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.
It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity while wearing your temporary crown. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at (360) 254-5254.