Temporary Care Instructions for Crown and Bridge

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Temporary Care instructions for crown and bridge.

You have just received a temporary crown/bridge. This temporary is meant only to serve your needs while a permanent crown is being made for you.

COLOR: The color of the plastic temporary does not resemble the final (permanent) crown/bridge in any way.

SHAPE AND SIZE: Temporary crowns/bridges are custom‐made for each patient, but they will not in any way resemble the final crown/bridge, which indeed is being made especially for you.

TOOTH SENSITIVITY: Your temporary will help protect the sensitivity of the prepared tooth. However, it does not fit your mouth like the permanent crown/bridge will, so you may notice sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweetssensations you won’t feel when your specially‐made crown/bridge is in place.

Here are some other things you need to know about your temporary:

  1. The temporary cement requires about 30 minutes (one half‐hour) to set.
  2. Please do not chew food during that period of time.
  3. Certain foods will stick to the temporary. So please refrain from chewing gum or other candies or foods that might stick to the crown‐or even pull it out.
  4. Temporary crowns/bridges are not strong. They may occasionally break or come off. If this should happen to you, please contact our office immediately, bring your crown with you and we will re‐cement it. If it breaks or you lose it, call us immediately and we will replace it. Should you be unable to contact us, simply go to a pharmacy and get some Fixodent. Replace the temporary on your tooth using the Fixodent to hold it in place until you can contact us.
  5. Please do not leave the temporary out of your mouth for any extended time. Without the temporary crown, your teeth may move and then the permanent will not fit!
  6. Do not brush or floss too vigorously around your temporary. Remember that it is important to keep the area clean—but use caution.