Instructions for After Crown Preparation

  • temporary crownAt the end of the crown preparation appointment, you will have been fitted with a plastic temporary crown. This is essentially a resin replica of a crown.  It is somewhat prone to fracture and/or falling out. Generally it is fine for a regular diet, but you should avoid chewing anything hard (such as nuts or granola) or sticky (such as gum or caramel) with the tooth that has a temporary crown.
  • It is normal for your tooth to experience some sensitivity while wearing the temporary crown, especially to cold. Temporary crowns do not protect the tooth as well as a permanent crown.  However, this sensitivity should be relatively mild and improving within a couple of days.
  • If you experience prolonged sensitivity or pain please call our office.
  • Be sure to call our office if the temporary crown feels too prominent to your bite. It is more likely to break or come uncemented.
  • Be sure to floss and brush around your temporary crown to maintain the tooth’s health. However, you should modify your flossing technique so that once you have flossed between the contacts of the teeth you pull the floss out the side as not pull against the temporary crown.
  • Let us know if the provisional crown should fracture or fall out, even if the tooth is not sensitive. The teeth are prone to shifting when not covered by the the temporary crown.  Going without your temporary crown even for couple of days may cause the final crown not to fit properly.
  • Be sure to let us know if anything at all does not feel or appear as you would expect.

greensboro dentist Today’s post was written personally by Drs. David and Janna Civils. Do you have a question for either Dr. David or Dr. Janna?  We would love to hear from you!

Drs. David and Janna Civils

1114 Magnolia Street 
Greensboro, NC


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