If your dentist has installed a temporary crown while they are waiting for your permanent crown to be made in the dental lab, then it is important that you know how to properly care for it. While the temporary crown is glued into place and should not cause you any issues, it does require a bit of extra care so it does not accidentally come loose. To this end, here is a list of care tips for your new temporary crown:

Tip: Brush Your Temporary Crown with Only a Soft Toothbrush

While you need to brush your temporary crown multiple times each day, you should never do so with an electric toothbrush or a manual one with stiff bristles. Instead, brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush while your temporary crown is installed. Using a toothbrush with hard bristles or an electric toothbrush is too abrasive and can damage the glue holding the temporary crown in place.

Tip: Change Your Flossing Technique to Accommodate the Temporary Crown 

Having a temporary crown installed is not an excuse to avoid flossing your teeth. In fact, it is very important that you floss your teeth while your temporary crown is in place. However, you should modify your technique while flossing so that you do not accidentally pull off your temporary crown. Instead of pulling up on the dental floss when you are done cleaning between your tooth and dental crown, you should let go of one end of the floss and simply pull it out from between your teeth. 

Tip: Don't Eat Hard or Crunchy Foods with a Temporary Dental Crown Installed

When you have a temporary dental crown installed, you should never eat hard or crunchy foods. For example, if you bite into an apple with a dental crown on the front of your mouth, then it can become dislodged. Biting into hard or sticky foods such as candy or sourdough bread can pull your temporary dental crown out of place. Instead, while you have your temporary crown installed, eat softer foods and those less likely to cause any damage.

Tip: Seek Professional Help When Necessary

Finally, if you have additional questions about how to care for your temporary dental crown, you should speak with your dentist or a member of their office team. They are used to patients asking about this issue and are always the best place for you to get advice from. Click here to find out more.