If you have a root canal, a damaged tooth, or a dental implant, you will need a traditional crown to protect the area. However, a permanent crown takes some time to fabricate, so a temporary crown will be placed in the meantime.
A temporary crown is a cap that is shaped like a tooth, used to protect a natural tooth or dental implant until a permanent crown can be fabricated and placed. Since a temporary crown is more delicate than a permanent one, you must take extra precautions when chewing or flossing to avoid cracking or loosening it.
Dr. Isaac Perle and the team at Cambridge Dental Group are experienced with placing dental crowns to improve the aesthetics of your smile as well as prevent further damage to the affected tooth, as well as neighboring teeth.
A temporary crown protects the natural tooth or implant and gums, limits tooth/gum sensitivity, allows you to smile without a gap, helps you chew/eat, allows Dr. Perle and the team to test the functionality of the crown, and maintains proper spacing between teeth.
The length of time you will need your temporary crown depends on the extent of dental treatment required. Typically, you will have it for 2 to 3 weeks, but possibly longer if you require a lot of work. For example, if you need dental implants, you will need at least several weeks and sometimes months for the jawbone to heal before Dr. Perle can place a permanent crown.
Caring for your temporary crown will require a little more effort. You’ll want to take extra precautions while flossing so that you do not dislodge the crown. Instead of pulling up and down, you’ll want to slide the floss in and out. Additionally, you’ll want to be gentle when brushing your teeth- and use a soft-bristled brush. You will want to practice proper oral hygiene habits to keep the area around the temporary crown clean.
If you have a damaged tooth or have had a missing tooth replaced with an implant, you will need a permanent crown. However, these typically take 1 to 2 weeks to fabricate, so a temporary crown will be placed in the meantime. You can trust Dr. Perle and the team to place your temporary crown and eventually, the permanent replacement.
Contact the office or click here to request an appointment. We are open Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Friday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Our office staff will schedule an appointment with Dr. Perle and the team to help you get back the aesthetics and functionality of your smile.