Temporary Crowns

Dear Patient,

You have just received a temporary restoration that will serve you for a short period of time, usually two weeks, until you return to have the permanent crown or bridge placed. This will protect the tooth and will hold the tooth position, so that the permanent crown will fit properly. 

If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced, please call so we can take two minutes to make a simple adjustment (this is important).

Temporaries are placed on the tooth, with soft temporary cements, so that they can be easily removed.  Please do not floss around your temporary crown, as this may pull it off. Also, avoid hard or sticky foods on the temporary.

Temporaries are not strong. They may break or come off occasionally.  If so, slip it back on the tooth and call us for an appointment.  Please do not leave the temporary out of your mouth because the teeth may move and the final restoration might not fit.  A few days is not a problem.

The size, shape, color, and surface finish of the temporary often do not resemble the final restoration.

Temporary restorations may leak saliva or food onto the tooth. Sensitivity to hot, cold, pressure or sweets is not uncommon.  Your gums will usually be sore, from the procedure, as will the injection site(s).


Dr. Hoffman and staff
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