Having a tooth restored with a dental crown typically requires two separate appointments at Dr. Lanier’s dental offices in Chesapeake, Virginia. The first appointment calls for Dr. Lanier to prepare an abutment by removing the remaining tooth enamel. This will eventually serve to anchor the dental crown in place of the original tooth.
Dr. Lanier will then create an impression which will be sent to a professional dental lab. Then they will secure a temporary crown over the abutment to protect it while the dental technicians work to cast your new dental crown.
Healthy gums are important to the crown restoration process. Gum tissues that have been inflamed by poor oral hygiene or other periodontal health problems can be uncomfortable. So you will need to lightly brush your temporary crown twice each day and floss each evening.
This will help to remove stray food material and plaque before they can irritate the gum tissues. If you are having trouble flossing around the temporary crown, you might want to try using waxed dental floss, dental tape, or a simple floss threader.
If you are eating a snack or a meal and your temporary crown comes loose or is damaged, you should not delay in contacting Dr. Lanier’s clinic. In most cases, a new temporary crown can be secured in place to protect the sensitive abutment and spare you any undue complications.
If you live in Chesapeake, Virginia and you have a question about your temporary crown, you should call 757-541-2168 to speak to a member of staff at Crossroads Dental.