KYT Dental Services

Dental Temporary

Introduction

Dental temporary restorations, such as crowns or bridges, are used to protect a tooth while a permanent restoration is being made. It's important to take care of these temporary fixtures to ensure the health and stability of the tooth until the final procedure.

Immediate Post-Procedure Care

  • Sensitivity: Some sensitivity to hot, cold, or pressure is normal. It should diminish as your mouth adjusts to the restoration.
  • Chewing: Be cautious when eating. Avoid chewing hard or sticky foods on the side of the temporary restoration to prevent dislodging or breaking it.

Oral Hygiene with Temporary Restorations

  • Brushing: Brush gently around the temporary restoration. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
  • Flossing: Floss carefully. Slide the floss out rather than lifting it out to avoid dislodging the temporary restoration.
  • Mouthwash: Use a gentle mouthwash to help keep the area clean without causing irritation.

Diet and Lifestyle Adjustments

  • Foods and Drinks: Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can pull off or damage the temporary. Be cautious with hot and cold foods if experiencing sensitivity.
  • Chewing Habits: Chew on the opposite side of your mouth from the temporary restoration when possible.

Protecting Your Temporary Restoration

  • Avoid Sticky and Hard Foods: Foods like gum, candies, nuts, or hard bread can dislodge or damage the temporary restoration.
  • Regular Dental Visits: Keep your scheduled appointments to have the permanent restoration placed as soon as it's ready.

When to Contact Your Dentist

If the temporary restoration breaks, feels loose, or comes off, contact your dentist immediately. Do not try to reattach it yourself. Also, if you experience prolonged sensitivity or pain, it's important to consult your dentist.

Contact Information

For any concerns, to report issues with your temporary restoration, or to schedule your next visit, please contact KYT Dental Services.

Taking care of your temporary dental restoration is crucial for the success of your final treatment. Follow these guidelines, and don't hesitate to contact us for any assistance or further instructions.

Frequently Asked Post-Op Questions about Temporary Restorations

1. How long should I wait to eat after getting a dental temporary?

Answer: It's best to wait until the numbness from the anesthesia wears off before eating to avoid accidentally biting your cheek or tongue.

2. What foods should I avoid with a dental temporary?

Answer: Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that could dislodge or damage the temporary. Opt for soft foods and chew on the opposite side of your mouth if possible.

3. Can I brush my teeth after getting a dental temporary?

Answer: Yes, but use a soft-bristled toothbrush and be gentle around the temporary to avoid dislodging it.

4. Will my dental temporary feel like my normal tooth?

Answer: Your temporary may feel different in shape and texture compared to your natural teeth. It's designed to be a temporary solution, so some differences are normal.

5. How do I floss with a dental temporary?

Answer: Floss carefully around the temporary. Slide the floss out from the side rather than lifting it out to avoid pulling on the temporary.

6. What if my dental temporary comes off or breaks?

Answer: If your temporary comes off or breaks, keep the piece safe and contact your dentist immediately for advice or to schedule a repair.

7. Is it normal to experience sensitivity with a dental temporary?

Answer: Yes, some sensitivity to pressure, hot, and cold is normal. This should decrease over time but inform your dentist if the sensitivity is severe.

8. How do I clean my dental temporary?

Answer: Clean it as you would your natural teeth, with gentle brushing and careful flossing. Avoid using strong mouthwashes that could loosen the temporary adhesive.

9. Can I use mouthwash with a dental temporary?

Answer: Yes, but opt for a gentle, alcohol-free mouthwash to avoid irritation and to protect the temporary's bond.

10. How long will I have my dental temporary?

Answer: The duration depends on your specific case, but temporaries are typically worn for 2 to 6 weeks until the permanent restoration is ready.

11. What should I do if my temporary is causing gum irritation?

Answer: Some irritation is normal, but if it persists or worsens, contact your dentist as the temporary may need to be adjusted.

12. Can I chew gum with a dental temporary?

Answer: It's best to avoid chewing gum as it can stick to and possibly dislodge the temporary.

13. Will I need a follow-up appointment for my dental temporary?

Answer: Yes, your dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment to remove the temporary and place your permanent restoration.

14. What happens if the temporary feels too high or affects my bite?

Answer: If your bite feels off or the temporary is uncomfortable, contact your dentist. An adjustment can usually resolve the issue.

15. Can the dental temporary stain?

Answer: Yes, temporaries can stain, especially if you consume foods or drinks like coffee, tea, or red wine. Practice good oral hygiene to minimize staining.

16. Is smoking allowed with a dental temporary?

Answer: Smoking is discouraged as it can stain the temporary and slow down healing. If you must smoke, do so with caution.

17. How does a dental temporary stay in place?

Answer: Dental temporaries are held in place with a temporary cement or adhesive, designed to be easily removed by your dentist.

18. Can I engage in sports with a dental temporary?

Answer: Yes, but consider wearing a mouthguard to protect the temporary and your other teeth from potential damage.

19. What if I feel pain or discomfort with the temporary?

Answer: Mild discomfort is normal, but if you experience significant pain or prolonged discomfort, contact your dentist.

20. Are there any restrictions on drinking beverages?

Answer: Avoid very hot or very cold beverages if you're experiencing sensitivity. Otherwise, drink normally but consider using a straw for darker liquids to avoid staining.

21. Can dental temporaries be adjusted at home?

Answer: No, do not attempt to adjust or repair your temporary at home. Contact your dentist for any adjustments.

22. How important is it to keep the temporary clean?

Answer: Very important. Good hygiene prevents infection and maintains the health of your gums and the integrity of the temporary.

23. Can I travel with a dental temporary?

Answer: Yes, but carry your dentist's contact information with you in case of an emergency, and maintain good oral hygiene.

24. What should I do if I have an allergic reaction to the temporary?

Answer: Allergic reactions are rare, but if you suspect one, contact your dentist immediately for an evaluation.

25. How does the care of a dental temporary compare to that of a permanent restoration?

Answer: While the basic principles of oral hygiene apply to both, temporaries require more cautious care to avoid dislodging or damaging them. Once your permanent restoration is placed, you can resume your normal oral care routine, though with continued good practices to ensure the longevity of the restoration.