Published on December 17, 2020, Updated on August 20, 2021

Temporary dental crowns are the key steps in preparation for the permanent ones to achieve a beautiful smile. These in-between crowns can serve a critical purpose before the final process can take place. Therefore, it is just as important to care for your temporary crowns just as you would with your permanent ones.

Generally, these are created via chemical-cure combinations. Other materials such as aluminum may be used to make these crowns.

The objective of these temporary dental crowns is to allow the practitioner to create a tooth structure that will safeguard the arranged tooth and prevent further damage to the tooth and gums until the new, permanent ones are created.

Temporary crowns don’t last for a lifetime, but you should treat them the same way as taking care of your permanent teeth or permanent crowns. These are made from acrylic resin that can serve to shield the prepared tooth until they get a permanent crown. Bear in mind that these are not as strong as the permanent version.

What to do When It Wears Off

With its limited durability, it is common for these to wear off even if it is earlier than their expected lifespan. When this occurs and your specialist is unavailable, you can reattach the provisional crown by applying toothpaste or Vaseline to the interior of the temporary crown. When your dental specialist is available, schedule cosmetic dentistry treatments immediately. They will properly reset your temporary crowns back to your teeth.

The most important question: Can temporary crowns be brushed or flossed?

Yes. Brush and floss your temporary dental crowns as usual. But be careful when brushing them because they can easily chip off or get loose from their cement base.

Whenever cleaning your temporary crowns, avoid using an electric toothbrush; rather, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush around the crowns. You can also use children’s toothbrushes as they have the softest bristles available in a toothbrush.

Flossing will require more attention when getting rid of food particles around your crown. Do not pull through the tight space between the tooth and temporary crown as it could pull out the crown and cause irritation. To remove the floss, gently pull it to the side. Contrary to popular belief, do not drag the floss against the crown.

Flossing twice daily is recommended by specialists.

Due to the high dental crown cost, these critical maintenance suggestions will help you correctly care for your crowns until your new permanent ones are implanted. By following these recommendations, you should have no difficulty obtaining your desired new grin. Consult with Dr. Manali Patel DDS.