Getting a temporary crown is a common step in the process of restoring one or more damaged the process, how it works, and what to expect. In this article, the team at the office of Mario A. Godinez, DDS will answer a few top FAQs about the temporary crown removal process, caring for your temporary crown, and more.
How Is A Temporary Crown Removed?
Temporary crowns are removed using simple dental tools. They are made of pliable resin, and are attached using a relatively weak adhesive, since they are meant to be removed as part of the crown treatment process.
Dr. Godinez will use a special dental tool that fits around the crown, and then will gently loosen it by rocking it and moving it back and forth to break the adhesive seal. Then, the crown is simply pulled out, and your tooth will be cleaned and prepared for the application of your permanent crown. It’s that simple.
Does It Hurt To Have My Temporary Crown Removed?
Not at all! There is no numbing or sedation required, and while you may feel a little bit of pressure as Dr. Godinez pulls the crown away, you won’t feel any discomfort or pain at all, so you don’t have to feel nervous or anxious about your appointment.
Why Do I Need To Wear A Temporary Crown?
During the crown preparation process, up to 75% of your natural enamel is removed to prepare your tooth for a permanent dental crown. Then, Dr. Godinez will take impressions and images of the tooth, and send them to a dental lab, where your permanent crown will be made.
But this process can take a few weeks, so your tooth needs to be protected while your permanent crown is made and sent to our office. That’s where temporaries come in! They’re made of strong, yet pliable dental resin, and are bonded to your newly-trimmed tooth to protect it until your permanent crown arrives at our office. This ensures your smile stays strong and healthy.
How Long Will I Wear A Temporary Crown?
You’ll wear your temporary crown for about 2-3 weeks, in most cases. This is usually how long it takes for us to send your information to our dental lab, have your dental crown built, and then to receive your permanent crown at the office of Mario A Godinez, DDS.
How Should I Care For My Temporary Crown?
Since your temporary crown won’t be as strong as a real tooth, there are a few things that you’ll need to do while wearing it. First, avoid chewing for a least an hour after your appointment to make sure the dental adhesive sets properly.
You should also try to avoid eating very hard, tough, or sticky foods, if possible. You can also chew these on the other side of your mouth to avoid damaging the temporary crown.
You can brush and floss like you normally would, but use care around the temporary crown to make sure you don’t damage it. And if your crown feels loose or comes off at any time, contact our office right away to have it re-cemented into place.
Need A Crown In Encinitas? Schedule Your Appointment With Dr. Godinez Today!
At the office of Mario A Godinez, DDS, we’re here to help you restore your smile if you have a damaged, decayed, or infected tooth in Encinitas. Don’t wait. If you think you need a dental crown to restore your tooth, get help right away by contacting us online, or giving us a call at (760) 632-2410. Dr. Godinez is always accepting new patients, so we hope to see you soon.