A traditional dental crown is used to protect a damaged tooth or as a replacement tooth with a dental implant. However, it can take several weeks for it to be fabricated and sent back to the office for placement. Therefore, a temporary crown will be used.
If you need a crown for a tooth that has been treated with a root canal or has been damaged in any way, you will be given a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent one to be fabricated.
A temporary crown is typically made from metal or acrylic. Acrylic crowns can be made to match the surrounding natural teeth better than a metal one can. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it is temporary and will not match as well as your permanent one. Plus, it will not last nearly as long as your permanent one.
In most situations, a temporary crown will be provided while you are waiting for the permanent one to be fabricated. It is designed to protect and restore the natural functioning of the tooth following root canal treatment or treatment of a broken tooth. It may also be used to restore appearance and functionality following a dental implant.
The temporary crown will:
There are several reasons that you should get a crown following a root canal procedure. First of all, a crown restores the weak tooth. Root canals are invasive and rarely leave behind much of the healthy tooth structure. The tooth is weakened and a hole in your tooth isn’t good for your appearance either.
Second, research shows that approximately 10% of patients experience tooth sensitivity following a root canal. Teeth can become sensitive to heat, cold, pressure, acid, and sugar. However, a crown covers your tooth, protecting it from external sensitivity triggers.
Third, a crown is custom-made to blend in with your natural teeth, providing you with a more natural-looking smile. Most people won’t even notice that you have a crown. Plus, a crown is not affected by bacteria and decay, which means your smile lasts longer.
Fourth, a root canal exposes the tooth to infection, which is often referred to as a failed root canal. However, a crown can protect the tooth from exposure to elements that can cause infection, which helps you avoid extraction.
Finally, a crown keeps your tooth healthy and functional by holding the fragmented pieces together to prevent further damage and deterioration.
While a temporary crown isn’t designed to last long, it’s important to take steps to take care of it. Therefore, keep the following in mind when you have a temporary crown:
Avoid hard/sticky foods
You can chew normally with a temporary crown- but it’s best to avoid foods that are hard or sticky, such as apples, hard candy, caramel, gum, and nuts.
Say no to sugar
It’s always a good idea to avoid sugary foods for your oral and overall health. However, it’s even more critical when you have a temporary crown. This is because in some cases, there is a gap between the crown and your gums that sugar can get into.
Avoid extremely hot/cold foods and beverages
If you consume extremely hot or cold foods and beverages, the temporary cement may come loose and cause the crown to fall out.
Dental Hygiene Tips
You should brush and floss your teeth as you normally would, taking extra care around the crown to avoid dislodging it. You may also want to consider using a water flosser instead of string floss, as the string can catch on the edge of the crown and loosen it.
Typically, a dental crown costs $500 to $3,000. The cost of the temporary crown is built into this cost. You will not be required to pay extra for it since it is not made to last. Since a crown is considered “medically necessary”, most dental insurance plans will cover a portion of treatment. Our office staff will work with your dental insurance provider to determine your coverage.
We will provide you with a quote detailing your portion during your consultation visit. We can also explain our various financing options to help you pay for your treatment. We believe that everyone deserves access to necessary dental treatments and will work with you to create a treatment plan based on your needs and budget.
If you are in or near Salt Lake City, Utah, contact Legacy Dental for your dental emergencies. Our normal office hours are Monday to Thursday 8 AM to 8 PM, Friday 8 AM to 5 PM and Saturday 8 AM to 2 PM. However, we understand that dental emergencies can happen at any time, so we do have an emergency contact schedule for our patients so that we can treat your dental issues immediately. Call us to receive dental care as soon as possible to re-cement your temporary crown.
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