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Times Where You May Need to Have a Temporary Crown Installed


Posted on 3/20/2020 by Front Desk
Times Where You May Need to Have a Temporary Crown InstalledDamage to the tooth can result in a few different fixes. Fillings, crowns, dental bonding, onlays, inlays, veneers, bridges, and implants are all used to repair varying levels of damage to the teeth. A crown is placed when the damage is too severe for a traditional filling to suffice.

This is usually when tooth decay has resulted in serious wear and tear, cracking, or if an extant repair is at risk of breaking or malfunctioning. A crown is like a cap for a damaged tooth; it alters the tooth's shape and size, and restores its functionality. Unlike a filling, the procedure for placing a crown cannot be completed in-office, and can take several weeks. Damage severe enough for a crown should not be ignored, or left to fester while the crown is being made. A temporary crown is used to protect the tooth in this interim period.

Additionally, preparing to place a crown involves dental “trimming”. “Trimming” is the term used for the removal of some enamel to accommodate the placement of new material onto the tooth. Trimming a tooth exposes some dentin, which makes the tooth extra sensitive. A temporary crown protects the trimmed tooth from further damage, and creates a shield against sensitivity. The temporary crown will also stop the damaged tooth from moving while the permanent crown is made; if the tooth moves at all, it can result in an imprecise fit when the permanent crown is ready to be placed.

A temporary crown may not match the color of your teeth, but will be similar in shape and size to your tooth before it sustained damage. Installation of a temporary crown will restore your ability to eat and speak naturally. Your temporary crown is installed using an impermanent adhesive, and is easily removed when your permanent crown is ready to be placed.

It is important to come see us twice per year for routine cleaning and checkups. Keeping up with these appointments will help catch any damage to teeth early. However, there are several circumstances that might result in needing a crown, and our dentists will be able to explain the process to you when your damage is assessed. Crown placement is not painful or risky, and results better oral health, as well as a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
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