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It’s important to remember that the hard, plastic, temporary crown your dentist, Dr. Ramin Moradi, secured is only intended to protect the abutment within while you await the completion of your new crown. It does not actually restore the full function of the tooth when it comes to biting and chewing.

If the temporary crown comes loose, falls off or is damaged in some way, it could cause significant damage to the abutment and lead to other complications.

It’s best to avoid eating sticky foods or chewing gum on that side of your mouth. This could easily create enough suction to pull the temporary crown loose. Hard and crunchy foods also pose a threat as they could actually crack the crown and damage the sensitive abutment inside. The same is true for bad habits like chewing on pencils and pens.

Maintaining healthy gums will help your new crown seat comfortably in place. You will need to maintain your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice per day to keep your gums in shape. 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 your temporary crown in Campbell, California, feels loose or if it’s damaged in any way, you should not delay in contacting San Tomas Signature Smiles at 408-378-2890 to have it examined and repaired. Any delay could result in serious complications.