How To Take Care of a Temporary Dental Crown

Cartoon of a woman and man looking at the stages of getting a dental crown.
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Dental crowns are a very versatile restorative treatment. We use them to strengthen cavity-weakened teeth, to support teeth after root canals, and to repair broken teeth! While you wait for a lab to make your permanent crown, you’ll need to wear a temporary crown. How do you take care of it?

How Do I Care for a Temporary Crown?

Temporary crowns are placed with temporary cement, so they’re much easier to dislodge. To prevent this from happening, you should avoid hard and sticky foods like nuts, popcorn, caramel, and candies. When you brush, be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush very carefully around your temporary crown. Avoid snapping the floss out of your tooth; it’s better to slide it out the side.

What Should I Do if the Temporary Crown Falls Out?

The loss of a temporary dental crown is considered a dental emergency! Please call us right away, so we can re-cement the crown until your permanent crown is ready. If you still have the crown, rinse it with water and put it in a plastic bag. You may also notice dental cement on your tooth. If it has sharp edges, put a little bit of orthodontic wax on top to protect the area. We’ll give you further instructions when you call.

How Long Do I Need to Wear a Temporary Dental Crown?

It can take around 2-3 weeks for a lab to create your permanent crown. Once you get the permanent crown placed, it can last 10-15 years, or even longer, depending on how well it’s cared for. While permanent crowns are significantly more durable than temporary ones, you should be as careful as you would with your natural teeth. Don’t use your teeth as tools.

Dental Crowns at Northside Dental in Raleigh, NC

Temporary crowns are more fragile than permanent crowns, but you only have to wear them for a few weeks! Avoid hard and sticky foods, brush and floss carefully, and contact us right away if you have problems. We’re here to answer any questions and to help you schedule an appointment with Dr. Metwally and the team!