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Last Reviewed 07 November 2023

Medically reviewed by Dr. Niall Vallely, Bachelor Dent. Sc. (Trinity College Dublin) 2003, Cosmetic Dentist

How To Care For Your Temporary Crowns, Veneers Or Bridges

If you are undergoing a crown, bridge or veneer treatment at 3Dental, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and then fit a temporary crown, bridge or veneer so that you don't have any unsightly gaps when you leave the practice.

Once you return for your next appointment, the permanent crown, bridge or veneer will then be fitted.

Here are some instructions on how to take care of your temporary crown, veneer or bridge:

  1. The temporary cement requires about a half hour to set. Please do not chew on it during that period of time. Until the anaesthetic wears off, avoid hot food and beverages. 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. Avoid food and drinks with high pigmentation e.g curries, red wine, energy drinks & cake icing.
  3. Home care is important. Please brush the gum line around the temporary 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 crowns/veneers, 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. Your final restoration will be placed at your next appointment.