Temporary Crown, Onlay, Veneer, & Bridge

You have just received a temporary crown. This temporary crown is meant only to serve your needs while a permanent crown is being made for you.


The color of the plastic temporary crown does not resemble the final (permanent) crown in any way. 

Shape and Size

Temporary crowns are custom-made for each patient, but they will not, in any way, resemble the final crown, which is being made especially for you. 

Tooth Sensitivity

Your temporary crown will help protect the sensitivity of the prepared tooth.  However, it does not fit your mouth like the permanent crown will, so you may notice sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweets—sensations you won’t feel when your specially-made crown, onlay or bridge is in place.

Temporary crowns are designed to last no more than several weeks.

Failure to have the final crowns placed in a timely manner will result in washing away of the soft temporary cement retaining the crown. This may lead to decay or gum disease and will result in the need to re-prepare the tooth and re-make the crown at your cost. You may even loose your tooth if the decay or gum disease is extensive.

After your visit.

Do not eat until the numbness has worn off. Otherwise you can bite your cheeks, lips and tongue.  If the numbness persists for more than 8 hours call us.

The area of injection may be sore for a few days. Warm water rinses can help alleviate this.

You tooth may be sensitive to cold and sore. Remember we just traumatized it by drilling and it may take a few days or weeks to recover. If you can, take 2-3 Advil every 4-6 hours for a few days to help reduce any inflammation in the nerve.  If discomfort persists for more than 2 weeks call us.

If we took a mold for your new crown the gums around the teeth may be sore for several days. Warm water rinses can help alleviate this. If you can, take 2-3 Advil every 4-6 hours for a few days to help. If you can, take 2-3 Advil every 4-6 hours for a few days to help reduce any discomfort.

If your bite does not feel “right” is “high” or uncomfortable call us immediately.  Do not try to “get used to it”. An incorrect bite can damage the new filling, the tooth or your TMJ joints.

Here are some other things you need to know about your temporary crown:

  1. The temporary cement requires about 30 minutes (one half-hour) to set.  Please do not chew during that period of time.
  2. Certain foods will stick to the temporary crown.  Please refrain from chewing gum, candies, or foods that might stick to the crown or even pull it out.
  3. Temporary crowns are made of plastic and are retained with soft cement. They may occasionally break or come off.  If this should happen to you, please contact our office immediately, bring your crown with you and we will replace it.  Should you be unable to contact us, simply go to a pharmacy and get some Fixodent.  Replace the temporary crown on your tooth using the Fixodent to hold it in place until you can contact us.
  4. Please do not leave the temporary crown out of your mouth.  Without the temporary crown, your teeth may move and then the permanent crown may not fit!

Do not brush or floss too vigorously around your temporary crown.  Remember that it is important to keep the area clean-but use caution.

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