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Most dental crown restorations occur in two distinct phases of treatment. Once the tooth’s enamel layer has been removed and an impression is taken a dentist like Dr. Forrest Packard and Dr. Kevin Packard will often install a temporary crown over the anchoring abutment.

This is a small, yet durable plastic cap is designed to protect the prepared abutment while a state of the art dental lab works to create your dental crown. It’s important to keep in mind that the temporary crown cannot effectively restore the tooth’s basic function for biting and chewing food.

While the dental lab works to complete your dental crown it’s best to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction might pull the temporary crown off of the abutment.

It would also be wise to avoid biting down on hard foods, crunching ice, or nibbling on foreign objects with your temporary crown. This could potentially chip or fracture your temporary crown. In some cases the damage can extend to the dental abutment within.

A temporary that has been compromised in any way could lead to significant complications. This could potentially delay the dental restoration process or even call for additional invasive treatments. So it’s best to have any problems with a temporary crown examined as soon as possible.  

If you are in the Ellensburg, Washington, area and you are having a problem with your temporary crown, you should call 509-933-4800 to have it examined at Creekside Dental Ellensburg.