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The process of having Dr. Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS restore a tooth with a dental crown requires two separate appointments. Once he forms an abutment from the internal structures of the tooth, it will take a while for the dental lab technician to complete your new crown. To protect the abutment, a hard, plastic, temporary crown was cemented in place

It’s important to keep in mind that the temporary crown does not effectively restore the tooth’s ability to bite, grind or chew. If your temporary crown is damaged or if it falls out, it can seriously damage the abutment and lead to significant complications.

You should try to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction involved could potentially pull the temporary crown loose. At the same time, biting down on hard foods, crunching on ice or chewing on foreign objects could possibly crack the biting surface of the temporary crown and damage to the abutment.

Healthy gums make it easier to secure your new crown comfortably in the socket. The temporary crown will still need to be brushed and flossed twice a day as if it was a real tooth. Many people find that waxed floss is easier to work in and around tight spaces.

If for some reason your temporary crown in Pasadena, California, becomes loose or damaged, you need to call Hansen Dental Care at 626-793-2273 to schedule an emergency appointment.