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Having Dr. Scott Ferguson restore a tooth with a crown often requires two appointments. During the first appointment he formed an abutment and took an impression of it and the surrounding teeth. The impression is sent off to a dental lab where your custom crown is made.

While you await the permanent crown’s completion, Dr. Scott Ferguson will secure a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it.

You should keep in mind that the temporary crown does not restore the tooth’s full function to bite-off, grind, or chew. If your temporary crown is damaged or falls out it can seriously damage the abutment and cause even more problems.

It’s a good idea to avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum on that side of your mouth. While the cement holding it in place is strong, sticky substances could potentially pull the temporary crown off and expose the sensitive abutment inside.

Crunching on hard foods, chewing ice or nibbling on foreign objects like pencils and pens could potentially crack the biting surface of the temporary crown while damaging the abutment as well

Healthy gums make it easier to mount your permanent crown and seat it comfortably near the gum line. So you should be especially diligent about your oral hygiene routine. You should still floss carefully around the temporary crown. Waxed floss tends to allow the strand to slip between teeth and around the temporary crown easily.

If your temporary crown feels loose or is damaged, you shouldn’t hesitate to call Dr. Scott Ferguson at 810.985.3301 to schedule an appointment to have it addressed.