Care Instructions for Temporary Crowns

If you received anesthesia, do not chew until the numbness has subsided.

  • Avoid chewing for at least one hour.
  • Avoid eating hard or sticky foods, such as chewing gum, and chew on the opposite side of the mouth, if possible.
  • Brush as usual, but floss with care. When flossing, remove floss from the side of the tooth.
  • Use a desensitizing toothpaste (Sensodyne or Crest for Sensitivity), if teeth are sensitive to heat, cold, or pressure. Contact our office if sensitivity increases or persists beyond a few days.
  • Contact us if the crown comes off, and save it so that it can be recemented.
  • It is important that the temporary crown stay in place to ensure the proper fit of the permanent crown.

If you have any discomfort:

  • Medications including antibiotics should be taken only as directed.
  • Rinse your mouth 3 times a day with a warm salt water mixture. Add one teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water.

Call our office at (847)729-6080 if your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent sensitivity or discomfort, or if you have any other concerns.