Treatment & Follow Up

How to Care for Temporary Crown(s), Bridge, Inlay, or Onlay

  • Your temporary is made out of acrylic, and is therefore fairly strong, but chewing with common sense is necessary. Hard or sticky foods/gum are not recommended; this includes Trail mix and Milk Duds.
  • You can clean around your temporary as usual, but remember to pull the floss out the side after flossing , rather than pulling up or down on the floss, as this motion may dislodge your temporary. If flossing under a bridge, use floss and a threader or superfloss. Clean under the bridge mid section by poking the threader under the bridge and flossing underneath, being careful to run the floss along the gum, and not applying pressure on the bridge itself.
  • Your temporary is cemented on with a temporary cement to allow for easy removal at your next appointment. If your temporary dislodges at any time, it is not an emergency. You can put it back on yourself, with a dab of vaseline or Fixodent. This is a temporary measure, so please call our office on the next business day so we can schedule some time to recement it properly. If you are unable to replace it, keep the temporary. Do Not Discard It. Bring it with you to the appointment, even if it appears to be fractured. We ask that you don’t go without wearing the temporary for more than a few days, as other teeth can shift into that space, and your tooth may become very sensitive if left uncovered.
  • The bite on this temporary is adjusted to blend in with your other teeth and feel comfortable. If you find after the first day of wearing it, that the bite doesn’t feel quite right, or it feels like there may be a high spot interfering with how your teeth come together, please call our office during business hours, and we will be happy to schedule some time to take a look at it, and adjust it if needed. 
  • It is normal for your tooth and surrounding gum area to be sore for a day or two after leaving our office. We recommend you take whatever you normally would take for pain. (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, etc.) Follow the dosage directions on the label. Discomfort should subside within a couple days, but some cold sensitivity on the tooth may remain while you wear the temporary.
  • If you should have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to call our office at 344-6535. (If calling after hours, please leave a message and good contact phone number)