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The temporary crown secured by Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood is only designed to protect the abutment while the dental lab works on completing the permanent crown. This is why it’s important to remember that the temporary crown is not designed to fully restore the tooth’s function in your mouth.

If your temporary crown is damaged, cracked, or falls out, it could damage the abutment within. This could potentially lead to some serious complications.

Biting off hard foods, crunching ice or bad habits like chewing on pencils and pens could also crack the biting surface of the temporary crown. At the same time, you should also try to avoid eating sticky foods or chewing gum on that side of your mouth. The stickiness and suction could potentially pull the temporary crown off of the abutment.

Your permanent crown will seat comfortably in the socket, if you maintain healthy gums. So you shouldn’t be afraid to brush and floss around the temporary crown, twice each day. If you’re having problems working the dental floss between the teeth and the temporary crown, you might want to try using waxed floss. The light waxy coating will help the strand slip into place, without risk of forcing it or snapping it into the gums.

If for some reason, your temporary crown becomes loose, is damage or falls out, you need to call Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood’s clinic in Rio Rancho, New Mexico at 505-219-0594 to have it repaired or replaced.