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A temporary crown is little more than a hard plastic cap that your Scholes Family Dental dentist secures over an abutment, while you await the dental lab’s completion of your permanent crown. As you go about your day, it’s important to remember that the temporary crown does not restore the full function of the tooth to bite, chew or grind food.

It’s a good idea to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth, as it could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. You should also avoid biting off, crunching down or grinding on hard foods in that area of your mouth. This could potentially crack the hard plastic cap and damage the abutment.

Your temporary crown also needs to be included in your daily oral routine. Healthy gums will help insure that your permanent crown will fit comfortably in place. Make sure to brush and floss the temporary crown twice each day.

If you’re having problems slipping the floss around the temporary crown, you might want to try using waxed floss. The waxy coating will allow the strand to slip between teeth and around the temporary crown easily.

If you have questions or concerns about the best way to maintain your temporary crown, you can always call Scholes Family Dental’s dental team in Couer d'Alene, Idaho at 208-667-1578 for a consultation.