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Dental restorations that call for the use of a dental bridge or dental crown typically occur in two stages. The first appointment calls for Dr. Ronald Flachs to prepare the tooth or teeth needed to anchor the dental work in place. This calls for shaping the required teeth.

A detailed impression will be created of the area. It will be sent to a dental lab to guide the dental technicians in creating your dental work. In the meantime, Dr. Ronald Flachs will cement a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it.

It’s important to understand that this hard plastic cap does not effectively restore the tooth’s ability to bite or chew. If a temporary crown comes loose, falls out, or is otherwise damaged, it could lead to serious complications.

It’s best to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction can potentially pull a temporary crown loose from the tooth. Biting down on hard foods, crunching ice, or nibbling on pencils and pens could also damage the temporary crown.

Make sure to brush and floss your temporary crown in your daily oral hygiene routine. Maintaining healthy gums will help the final dental work seat comfortably at the gumline.

If you are in the Portage, Michigan, area and you are having a problem with a temporary crown, you can call 269-375-0800 to seek treatment at Oak Park Dentistry.