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Some dental restorations such as dental crowns and dental bridges occur in two different stages. The first phase involves preparing one or two abutments by removing the existing tooth enamel. The underlying pillar of dentin will then be protected by a temporary crown, while dental technicians work to create the applicable dental work.

It’s important to note that the hard plastic cap of the temporary crown cannot fully replace the tooth’s ability to bite and chew food. If it is damaged, loosened, or falls out, the abutment inside could suffer significant complications.

You should try to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. At the same time, you will also need to avoid biting down on hard or crunchy foods as it could potentially crack the plastic cap and damage the abutment inside.

Healthy gums will also help your dental crown to sit comfortably with your gums. You will need to brush and floss the temporary crown to remove plaque and residual food particles to prevent gum inflammation.

If you are in the Anchorage, Alaska, area and you are having a problem with a temporary crown, you should call 907-562-2284 to seek timely care at Alaska Dental Associates.