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The hard, plastic, temporary crown that your dentist, Dr. Joseph N. Falco, secured in your mouth is designed to protect the internal abutment while the dental lab technician prepares your new crown. It’s important to keep in mind that the temporary crown does not restore the full function of the tooth when chewing and grinding hard foods.

If your temporary crown is damaged, cracked, or falls out, it could damage the abutment within. This could potentially lead to some serious complications. With that in mind, Dr. Joseph N. Falco recommends these basic daily care measures to keep your temporary crown safe and strong.

Biting hard foods and crunching ice or bad habits like chewing on pencils and pens could also crack the biting surface of the temporary crown. At the same time, you should also try to avoid eating sticky foods or chewing gum on that side of your mouth. The stickiness and suction could potentially pull the temporary crown loose from the abutment.

Your new crown will seat comfortably in the socket if you maintain healthy gums. You shouldn’t be afraid to brush and floss around the temporary crown. If you’re having problems working the dental floss between the teeth and the temporary crown, you might want to try using waxed floss. The light, waxy coating will help the strand slip into place without the risk of forcing it or snapping it into the gums.

If you have questions and concerns about the best ways to maintain your temporary dental crown in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, you can always call Pennyrile Family Dentistry at 270-632-6404 to seek further advice.