A temporary crown has a very important role. If you're getting a crown you will be getting a temporary crown first. It will be cemented in place by your dentist with a soft cement so that it can be removed when your new crown comes in.
This usually takes two to three weeks. Your temporary crown may not match the color of your other teeth, but it will allow you to eat and talk without slurred speech. Let's talk about the purpose of a temporary crown.
Why is a Temporary Crown Important? A temporary crown has a very big job to do. It protects the teeth around it. It holds them in place and protects against sneaky tartar and plaque. When you have a missing tooth, your other teeth can start to move. This can make it to where you cannot fit your new crown once it has returned from the lab that created it.
You can have difficulty cleaning all the nooks and crannies leading to bacteria build and future problems. Missing teeth can make your speech different because your teeth hold everything in place. Missing just one tooth can change the shape of your jaw and your cheeks. Having a temporary crown will make sure your new crown fits when it comes in.
Your dentist will share with you, suggestions on how to take care of your temporary crown. Plus, they can suggest what kind of toothpaste to use, how long before you can eat or drink anything, or what happens if it falls out.
Remember your temporary crown is just as important as your real teeth or the crown that's coming. All questions are good questions so don't be afraid to ask your dentist before you leave with your partial crown or contact the office if anything comes up.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (906) 212-4725 today.