I am going to Amsterdam for a couple of weeks and am afraid that my temp crowns may come off of my two front teeth. I will not be able to get the permanent ones in until I come back! How long will they last?
There are different types of temporary cement used in dentistry however most temporary cements can last several weeks. Due to the fact that these crowns are on your front teeth your dentist may have used a type of cement that has more retention to hold your temporary crowns in place better, however call your dental office and ask them.
We recommend that you take some precautions to help prevent you from having a problem with your temporary crowns. Keep away from hard foods like carrots or apples because these types of foods could cause your temporaries to break or shift and try to avoid sticky foods like gum which could pull the crowns off. When you floss around your temporary crowns do not lift the floss out like you normally would. Instead slide the floss out otherwise you could pull the crowns off.
If one of your temporaries comes off, all is not loss. There are several types of temporary cements found in local stores in either the toothpaste isle or pharmacy area that you could purchase if needed. It’s important that you clean out your temporary crown so no old cement is in there. Afterwards try it in and make sure it fits well and that you can seat it all the way. Before you add cement to your temporary it’s very important to dry your crown as well as your tooth otherwise the cement with not adhere. Follow the instructions thoroughly on the printed package and you should not have a problem. If you have difficulty with this you always have the option to see a dentist on your vacation and they can recement it for you.
Post courtesy of Dr. Malone, Lafayette Louisiana Cosmetic Dentist