There are several reasons a patient would need a permanent crown. From tooth decay, filling support, discoloration, to fractures, crowns provide a variety of important aesthetic and medical solutions. They provide at risk teeth with structure, support, and strength. An important part of the dental crown procedure is the fabrication and placement of a temporary crown. Fitting a prepared tooth with a temporary crown while the permanent crown is being made may seem like an auxiliary cosmetic step, but there are a variety of reasons that temporary crowns are important.
Before a crown is fabricated and placed, the tooth has to be prepared. This means that the tooth’s size must be reduced in order to make room for the permanent crown. Once the tooth has been carefully shaped and prepared, an impression will be taken. This impression will be used to fabricate the permanent crown. However, the temporary crown is fabricated from an impression taken prior to the preparation of the tooth. Using this impression and an acrylic resin matched to the natural shade of the rest of your teeth, a temporary crown is formed.
Once the temporary crown has set, the dentist will secure it to the prepared tooth with temporary adhesive. The dentist will then check your bite to make sure that the temporary crown is a good fit and that it is free of sharp or rough edges.
Still wondering what makes the temporary crown so important? The answer is in the preparation of the tooth for a permanent crown. When the tooth is shaped to make space for a permanent crown, the dentist removed a substantial amount of your natural tooth structure. Sometimes most of the enamel must be removed from the tooth, leaving dentin exposed. This can lead to discomfort and hypersensitivity to pressure and temperature. Temporary crowns act as a shield between sensitive areas of the tooth and the hot and cold beverages and food you consume.
Don’t be fooled. Temporary crowns are important for much more than the patient’s comfort. If a temporary crown is not shaped and placed correctly, there can be serious medical consequences that will make the placement of the permanent crown difficult, or even impossible. Temporary crowns keep the prepared tooth and adjacent teeth from shifting before the permanent crown is placed. Temporary crowns also prevent gums from growing over the edges of the prepared tooth, which can make fitting a new crown much more difficult and uncomfortable.
As you can see, temporary crowns do much more than keep a prepared tooth from being an eyesore. This is why it is so important to follow your dentists’ instructions for wearing and caring for your temporary crown until they can place the permanent one. If your temporary crown is removed prematurely, you should consult your dentist immediately. You’ll want to save the temporary crown and bring it with you when you see your dentist. If you cannot make it to your dentists’ office in the first few days, you should purchase some temporary adhesive at your local drugstore and attempt to place the temporary crown back on the prepared tooth.
If you have questions about your crowns or oral health, contact Lynn Dental Care today.