CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEMPORARY CROWNS AND BRIDGES
1. The temporary cement requires about one half hour to set. Please do not chew on it during that period of time. Until the anesthetic wears off, avoid hot food and beverage. They can cause a burn that you may not notice until the feeling returns.
2. Certain foods will stick to the temporary restoration. Avoid sticky and hard foods such as chewing gum, candy and nuts. It is important that your temporary crown or bridge stay in place until the final restoration is seated. These foods may pull off the temporary.
3. Home care is important. Please brush the gum line around the plastic crown to keep it clean. This will help the gum tissue heal and stay healthy. You may wish to use a salt-water rinse for the next three days. If so, mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt into a mug of warm water and gently rinse the solution between the teeth. Do not swallow this salt solution. Repeat this rinse two to three times daily.
4. Floss your temporary, but be sure to gently thread the floss out at the gum line when finished, rather than pulling the floss out towards the chewing surface. This will prevent you from inadvertently pulling off the temporary.
5. If the temporary comes off, attempt to slip it back into place. Please notify our office that your temporary has come off, so that we can find a time to recement it, or remake it if necessary. If you are not where you can contact us, go to a pharmacy and get some Fixodent. Replace the temporary on your tooth with some Fixodent holding it in place. This denture adhesive will retain the temporary restoration until you can see us. Please do not allow the underlying tooth to go unprotected because the tooth/teeth may fracture or move and the final restoration may not fit.
6. The prepared tooth may be sensitive to temperature. You may wish to use sensitivity toothpaste. If the sensitivity persists for several days or if the tooth becomes painful to bite on, or if you have a profound toothache, please notify us.
7. The color, shape and size of your temporary do not resemble the final restoration in any way. The temporary has been placed to protect the underlying tooth/teeth and preserve their position and health for the placement of the final restoration.
8. Your final restoration will be placed at your next appointment. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us.