If your tooth needs to have its shape, size, strength, and appearance restored, Dr. John Hobgood may place a dental crown. While the permanent crown is being custom made for your smile, you will wear a temporary crown for about two weeks. Our dentist recommends that you give your temporary crown a little bit of extra care and precaution to protect it.
Try to avoid chewy, sticky foods like chewing gum that may grab at and pull off your temporary crown. Try to chew on the side of your mouth with the temporary crown as little as possible. Shift most of your chewing to the other side of your mouth. Steer clear of chewing hard foods, like raw vegetables, that could dislodge or damage your crown. When you floss your teeth, take extra care around the temporary crown. Instead of lifting the floss out as you normally would, slide the floss out the side. This will avoid the risk of pulling off your temporary crown.
Once your permanent crown is in place, it will not need any special care. However, it is important to remember that your crowned tooth is not immune to decay or gum disease. Continue to brush and floss as you should.
We invite you to contact Algiers Dental Associates today to learn more about caring for your dental crown and to schedule your next visit with our dentist in New Orleans, Louisiana.