Having a tooth treated by a dental crown or replaced by a dental bridge often occurs in two separate phases. The first stage of treatment calls for Dr. Jeff Jones to prepare an abutment by removing the tooth enamel layer from the tooth or teeth that will anchor the new dental work in your mouth.
Once this is done he will take an impression of the area, before securing a temporary crown over the exposed abutment. The hard plastic cap is meant to protect the area from harm while the dental lab completes their work. In the interim you will need to take a few basic measures to protect and maintain the temporary crown.
It’s important to maintain healthy gums while the dental technicians are preparing your dental crown or dental bridge. Gum tissues that have been inflamed by poor periodontal health can cause discomfort. So, you will need to lightly brush your temporary crown twice each day and floss each evening.
This will help to remove stray food material and plaque before they can irritate the gum tissues. If you are having trouble flossing around the temporary crown, you might want to try using waxed dental floss, dental tape, or a simple floss threader.
If a temporary crown comes loose or is damaged, you should not delay in contacting Dr. Jeff Jones. If the abutment within is unaffected, he might be able to simply clean the temporary crown and secure it back in place.
If the abutment was damaged or compromised in some way Dr. Jeff Jones might need to perform a root canal or another treatment to restore its structural integrity.
If you live in Dallas, Texas, and you have a question about your temporary crown, you should call 214-824-2130 to speak to a member of staff at Jeffrey V. Jones, DDS.