July 6, 2018
Temporary crowns are designed to act as a placeholder to protect teeth while permanent crowns are being made. Whether it’s to cover a tooth damaged by decay or dental injury, the temporary crown can sufficiently do so without worry of bacteria or food debris getting in.
The next time you need permanent dental crowns in Conyers, just know that it will be available in a couple weeks. You’ll be glad your dentist took the time to make it fit and blend into your natural smile as much as possible.
How Are Dental Crowns Made?
Dental crowns are designed the same day that you arrive for treatment. To do this, your dentist first takes an X-ray of the affected area, treats the issue at hand, such as decay, then files down a very small amount of enamel so the crown has room to fit over the top.
Next, he takes an impression of the tooth so he can send it to a dental lab to be fabricated. Until then, you’ll be given a temporary crown to cover the affected area.
How Do Temporary and Permanent Crowns Compare?
Temporary crowns are typically made from metal or plastic and only designed to last a few weeks. Permanent crowns are made from either porcelain or porcelain-bonded to gold or metal and last for five to 15 years depending on how well the patient cares for it.
Another big difference is the way in which they’re placed. Temporary crowns use a dental cement made from zinc oxide-eugenol. This powder is made up of zinc oxide powder, eugenol, and olive oil and is designed to be easily removable once the permanent crown is ready. In comparison, permanent cement material is made from glass ionomer or resin-modified glass ionomer, which are both extremely durable glues to keep crowns fixed to teeth for as long as possible.
How Do I Care for My Temporary Crown?
Even though it’s only seated for a couple weeks, it’s important that you care for it until your permanent crown is made. Normal brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste will do just fine, it’s more so your eating habits that you have to keep in mind. Sticky foods can pull the crown off, so these should be avoided until then.
Furthermore, you should avoid eating for 30 minutes after the temporary crown is placed to give the cement time to set properly. If the crown does happen to come off, use a denture cement to replace it until you can get to your dentist. The last thing you want is for teeth to shift into the open space and make fitting the permanent crown more difficult.
Caring for a temporary crown is easy, so there’s no reason to put off getting permanent crowns because of it. Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Conyers to learn more!
About the Authors
Dr. Daniel Hodges and Dr. Anushka Amin both love giving patients high-quality dentistry that leaves them feeling extra satisfied, including dental crowns. To learn more about their practice, education, or ask a question about treatment, contact them through their website.
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