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Dental restorations that call for treating a tooth with a dental crown or dental bridge often require two separate appointments. The first appointment calls for Dr. Barton Barré to remove the tooth enamel layer from the tooth to allow room for the restoration. In the case of a dental bridge, our dentist will need to remove the tooth enamel from the two teeth neighboring the void.

Then Dr. Barton Barré will take an impression of the area and cover the tooth with a temporary crown. This is a small plastic cap that is meant to keep the underlying structures safe. It cannot replace the original tooth’s ability to bite or chew.

If a temporary crown is chipped, cracked, loosened, or damaged in any way, the tooth within is at serious risk. If it is harmed, Dr. Barton Barré might need to perform a root canal and restore sufficient structure to anchor your final piece of dental work.

While you’re waiting for your dental restoration to be completed, it’s best to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. You should also avoid biting off or chewing on hard foods in that area of your mouth. This could potentially crack the temporary crown and damage the underlying tooth.

A temporary crown will also need extra focus in your daily oral hygiene regimen. Healthy gums will help your new dental restoration to fit comfortably in place. Make sure to brush and floss the temporary crown as you would any other tooth.

If you’re struggling to floss around the temporary crown, you might want to try using waxed dental floss. The simple, waxy coating will allow the strand to slip between teeth and around the temporary crown easily.

If you are having a problem with a temporary crown in Harvey, Louisiana, you should call 504-367-0355 to seek treatment at Barré Dental Care.