do i really need a temporary dental crown?

Adding a temporary crown seals your tooth off while your permanent crown is being prepared

If you’re getting a crown fitted for a tooth that has some imperfections, you’ll have to wear a temporary crown for a little while until the final one is prepared.

At smilogy, our skills Australian dentists take pride in crafting the very best crowns, ones which will blend well with the rest of your smiles.

If you’re awaiting final restoration and have already undergone some tooth prep, here’s what to expect next.

After your lovely dentist has prepared your tooth for a permanent crown, it may well be feeling highly sensitive. This is because some filing or removal of your own tooth is required.

Adding a temporary crown seals your tooth off in the meantime. It’s worth noting that your temporary crown won’t look like your end goals. It isn’t fitted as precisely, nor is it colour matched as perfectly as your eventual one will be.

benefits of a temporary crown

Putting a temporary crown over your tooth while waiting for your long-term crown is good for both your teeth and gums. It helps in the fight against bacteria, keeping it from putting your smile at risk.

A temporary crown also helps in keeping your bite level, while preventing the surrounding teeth closing in and crowding.

While wearing your temporary crown, you’ll be able to eat and smile normally. It’s also more aesthetically pleasing as well. Instead of walking around with a little nub, you’ll have something which passes as natural.

taking care of your temporary crown

Your temporary crown isn’t built to last. That means you’ll have to show it some extra attention, because it’s only fixed on with weak crown cement.

You’ll need to avoid food and drink until the cement sets. Once it’s set, be gentle with your brushing and flossing to avoid pulling it off, and stay away from things that are super hot or cold, as you may be sensitive.

While you’re still wearing it, don’t eat anything that could cause it to fall out. That means you’ll have to stay away from sticky and chewy things for a little while.

If it comes off, fix it back on with denture adhesive. Then call smilogy (or your local dentist) immediately.

book your next appointment

Unlike your GP, it’s recommended that you visit your dentist regularly throughout the course of your lifetime – not just when you think something is wrong.

At smilogy, you can get to know your Australian dentist and the team very well, by seeing us every 6-12 months.

This can help us with all the preventative care that is necessary to avoid little things turning into big things with your smile. Once you come and see us, you’ll have peace of mind and leave feeling refreshed!

book now

If you’re in need of a crown or you’re having problems with your temporary one while you wait, our Australian dentists are on hand to help! Get in touch to book an appointment.
Dr Luke Cronin

Dr Luke Cronin

As a graduate of the University of Queensland (2000, 2013) and the University of Sydney (2006), Dr Cronin is one of Australia’s leading cosmetic dentists, specialising in creating stunning new smiles with cutting edge cosmetic dentistry techniques, including clear aligners, whitening and porcelain veneers.

Dr Cronin's work has been showcased in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Elle magazine and in 2019 he was awarded Australasian Dentist of the Year by My Face My Body in 2019.

Acknowledged an expert in his field for segments on the Today Show and House of Wellness, Dr Cronin now offers his first-class cosmetic treatments and customer care at smilogy.

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