It’s important to remember that Dr. Damon Wright only intended your temporary crown to protect the tooth long enough for the dental lab to finish your permanent crown. The temporary crown does not actually restore the full function of the tooth’s ability to bite off, chew, or grind food. If the temporary crown comes loose, falls off, or is damaged in some way, it could cause significant damage to the tooth and lead to other complications.
You should make every effort to avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum on that side of your mouth. This could easily create enough suction to pull the temporary crown loose or dangerously loosen it. Hard and crunchy foods also pose a threat as they could actually crack the crown and damage the sensitive tooth inside. The same is true for bad habits like chewing on pencils and pens.
Maintaining good gum health improves your chances that your permanent crown will fit comfortably in place. You will need to maintain your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice per day. Don’t be afraid to floss around the temporary crown. If you’re having problems working the strand of floss in place, you might want to use a brand of waxed dental floss.
If something happens to your temporary crown in Jonesboro, Arkansas, call Wright Family Dentistry immediately at 870.932.2300 to schedule an appointment with our dentist.