A temporary crown is essentially a hard plastic cap that is intended to protect an anchoring abutment while the final dental work is being created in a dental lab. This is a common part of dental crown and dental bridge restorations.
It’s important to remember that a temporary dental crown does not effectively restore the tooth’s ability to bite, chew, and grind food. You should try to avoid chewing gum or eating sticking or hard foods on that side of your mouth. Crunching down directly on hard foods is also a bad idea. Any of these things could loosen, chip, crack, fracture, or cause the temporary crown to fall out.
If you are in the San Jose, California, area and you have a compromised temporary crown, you need to have it examined and treated by your dentist. The longer you delay the more likely you are to experience significant complications.
You shouldn’t attempt to clean it or the exposed abutment. This could potentially damage these sensitive structures. Any necessary cleaning procedures should be left to the professional tools and techniques used by your dentist and the skilled technicians at AZ Dental.
If the abutment is unharmed, your dentist might be able to gently clean the area and cement the temporary crown back in place. If the abutment is damaged, your dentist might need to perform endodontic therapy to restore its structure. If you are in the San Jose, California, area and you have a compromised temporary crown, you should call 408-295-1100 to have it treated by the specialists at AZ Dental.