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The crown restoration process employed at Dr. Garth Collins’s Folsom, California clinic, has two distinct phases. The first stage of the restoration calls for removing the entire enamel layer of the compromised tooth. The prepared dentin abutment within will eventually be used to anchor a permanent crown in place.

An impression will then need to be created to guide a dental lab while they create the final crown. To protect the abutment in the interim, Dr. Garth Collins will secure a temporary crown in place. It’s important to note that this hard plastic cap does not effectively replace the tooth’s ability to bite and chew. Its only purpose is to protect the inner abutment.

If your temporary crown is damaged or comes loose the abutment inside will be at significant risk of severe complications. To help prevent this from befalling you, Dr. Garth Collins offers these basic suggestions to help maintain your temporary crown.

You should try to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction could potentially pull the temporary crown out of place. At the same time, you will also need to avoid biting down on hard or crunchy foods, as it could potentially crack the plastic cap and significantly damage the abutment inside.

Healthy gums will also help the permanent crown to seat comfortably with the gums surrounding the socket. You will need to brush and floss the temporary crown to remove plaque and residual food particles. If you’re having issues flossing the area, you might want to try using a brand of waxed dental floss.

If you are in the Folsom, California area and you have a problem with your temporary crown, you should call 916.985.2550 to seek timely care with Dr. Garth Collins.