Care of your Temporary Crown or Bridge

Thank you for trusting us with your recent crown/bridge preparation. We look forward to seeing you again to cement your lab fabricated crown or bridge. You have just had a temporary crown or bridge cemented in your mouth. This temporary will need to remain in place until your crown or bridge returns from the lab. Your final restoration will be shaped better than the temporary to match your teeth in both color and function. Sensitivity to cold and pressure is very common – if extreme, please call us.

This temporary should be quite serviceable for the weeks needed to make and deliver your new crown or bridge. The cement used is not as strong as the “permanent cement” used. Therefore, it is necessary that you follow a few common sense rules while wearing your temporary crown or bridge.

  • Please DO NOT eat anything chewy, sticky, or doughy.
  • Please be careful of bagels and pretzels, etc. (any food with a stiff consistency)
  • When flossing, please PULL the floss out between the teeth. Do not pop it up or you could dislodge the temporary crown.
  • Please do not be afraid to brush around the temporary, it is important to keep your mouth clean and healthy.
  • If the temporary should come loose, please push it back in place and call our office as soon as possible. We still need to cement it back with the temporary cement. If it comes completely out, you may place a tiny spot of Vaseline or toothpaste in the crown and place it back in.
  • It is VERY important that you do not allow the temporary to come off without replacing it. The tooth needs to be protected until your final dental work can be cemented in place. Also, if the temporary crown is not reinserted once removed, your new crown or bridge may not fit properly due to the shifting of your teeth.

Please do not hesitate to call Willowdaile Family Dentistry if you have any questions concerning your temporary crown or bridge.