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A temporary crown is a hard resin cap that your dentist places over the abutment to protect it while you await your permanent crown. A temporary crown is designed to protect the pulp of your tooth, but it still cannot restore the full function of that tooth. As a result there are a few things to keep in mind.

Be sure to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing twice per day. Flossing is especially important for maintaining healthy gums for when the permanent crown is placed. Many people like waxed floss for this because it slips into the area easier than unwaxed.

Try to avoid eating too many sticky foods and chewing gum as the sticky material could potentially pull the temporary crown loose.

Excessively hard or crunchy foods can crack the top of a temporary crown. If you do eat something hard, try to chew with the molars on the other side of your mouth.

If you have a temporary crown come off you should call us immediately at 919-762-3239 to set up an appointment to clean the area and cement the cap back in place.