Caring for Temporary Crowns
Normal brushing with a fluoride toothpaste actually helps to care for temporary crowns just like normal teeth. A toothpaste that can help is Colgate TotalSF Clean Mint where its fluoride formula strengthens teeth to help prevent cavities. MIT Medical offers similar advice: Immediately after the crown is fitted, don't eat for 30 minutes, while the cement sets. Sticky foods might pull temporary crowns off the teeth, so these should be avoided as well. If the crown does come off, the patient can fix it back in place with personal denture cement until he sees the dentist again.
It's important not to leave a temporary crown out of the mouth for long periods of time either, because teeth can move – which makes fitting the permanent crown difficult.
Having temporary crowns fitted is nothing to worry about. On the contrary, without their protection, natural teeth are exposed to decay and changes in position. Treat a temporary crown carefully while waiting for a permanent crown to arrive, and it shouldn't cause you any problems.
Learn more about the types of dental crowns in the Colgate Oral Care resources.