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Each dental crown restoration requires two different appointments. Dr. David Trebisovsky will start by removing the tooth enamel layer, leaving behind a healthy sheath of dentin that is called an abutment. A hard, plastic cap, known as a temporary crown, will then be secured over the abutment to protect it while the dental lab technician works to complete the new crown.

The final crown will seat comfortably with healthy gums. You shouldn’t be afraid to gently brush the temporary crown twice each day and floss it once each evening. 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 your temporary crown is damaged or cracked or if it falls out, it could damage the abutment within. This could potentially result in serious complications.

Biting hard foods, crunching ice or nibbling on foreign objects could potentially 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.

If you have questions or concerns about your temporary crown in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, you can always call 763-561-7000 to speak to a staff member at Sandpiper Dental.