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Some of the dental restorations performed at [practice name] involve two separate appointments to fully prepare and install a dental bridge or dental crown. In the interim, Dr. Christine Lee and his associates will often protect an anchoring abutment with a temporary crown.

This is basically a hard plastic cap that he secures in place to protect the remaining dental structure. It’s important to note that does not effectively restore the tooth’s ability to bite, chew, and grind food.

If possible, you should try to avoid chewing gum or eating sticking or hard foods on that side of your mouth. Crunching down directly on hard foods is also a bad idea. Any of these things could loosen, chip, crack, fracture, or cause the temporary crown to fall out.

If your temporary crown feels loose, falls out, or it is damaged in some way, you need to have it examined by Dr. Christine Lee as soon as possible.

In the meantime, you shouldn’t attempt to clean it or the exposed abutment. This could potentially damage these sensitive structures. Any necessary cleaning procedures should be left to the professional tools and techniques used by Dr. Christine Lee and the skilled technicians at Simple Smiles Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry.

If the abutment is undamaged, Dr. Christine Lee might be able to gently clean the area and cement the temporary crown back in place. Unfortunately, if the abutment was traumatized Dr. Christine Lee might need to perform a root canal to restore its structural integrity.

If you are in the Woodstock, Georgia, area and you have a compromised temporary crown, you should call 770.592.7000 to have it treated by Dr. Christine Lee and the specialists at Simple Smiles Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry.