Temporary Crowns/ Bridges

We have provided you with a temporary crown/bridge to wear until your final restoration is ready. This temporary restoration serves several purposes:

  • Protects the underlying tooth from breakage.
  • Helps minimize sensitivity.
  • Helps maintain position of surrounding teeth.
  • Helps shape soft tissue.

For these reasons, it is important to inform us if you have any problems with your temporary restoration.

How do I care for my temporary restoration?

  • Brush your temporary as you would your natural teeth.
  • Floss toward your gums only and slide the floss out as demonstrated. Do not pull floss away from the gum line as this could dislodge the temporary restoration.
  • If you have a bridge or the temporaries are splinted together, thread the floss as instructed using Glide floss threaders or super floss (both are available at most drug stores).
  • DO NOT CHEW ANYTHING HARD, CHEWY OR STICKY AS THIS WILL PULL OUT OR BREAK YOUR TEMPORARY!

Temporaries are normally worn for a period of three to four weeks before receiving your permanent crown/bridge.

What should I do if my temporary becomes uncemented, broken or lost?

Please contact our office and let us know if the temporary is in one piece, multiple pieces or lost, and if you are experiencing sensitivity or discomfort. This will help us be prepared to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. There is no charge for the first recementation or remake of your temporary should this be necessary. Any additional repairs will have a nominal fee of $35 to $100 depending on the complexity of your temporary.

In case your temporary comes off after office hours, holidays, weekends, etc. and your tooth is sensitive or the temporary is necessary for aesthetics, you may replace it on a short-term basis using denture adhesive such as Polygrip.

Be advised: The following fix is strictly for aesthetics or comfort!

  • Dry the tooth and the temporary as much as possible using a paper towel and/or hairdryer.
  • Place small BB-size amount of adhesive in the temporary and place over the tooth.
  • Do not eat or sleep with a temporary that has been re-cemented with denture adhesive!
  • This is a short-term solution only! Contact our office immediately to have the temporary re-cemented more securely.

In most cases, it is important to have your temporary replaced. We will try to coordinate this with your schedule as much as possible. Every attempt is made to accommodate you as soon as possible.

Most patients have no problems with their temporary restoration; however, if you do experience any problems or have any questions, please call our office.

If you experience any problems or have any questions, please call our office at 336-274-5400.

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