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How Are Temporary Crowns Removed? What You Need To Know

If you’re getting a dental crown by a Port Orange dentist, getting a temporary crown after your initial tooth preparation is quite common. Not sure what to expect when you get your crown, or how temporary crowns are removed? Read on to get all of the details from Smillie Dental.

Why Would I Need A Temporary Crown?

Temporary crowns are made of flexible yet durable plastic resin. They are designed to cover up and protect your tooth after it has been trimmed to prepare for a dental crown. 

This is necessary because Dr. Smillie may need to remove as much as 75% to 80% of your natural enamel when preparing your tooth for a dental crown. This is done to make room for the permanent crown, and to expose fresh tooth material that will ensure a tight, permanent hold for your crown. 

But this also weakens the tooth significantly until it’s capped with a crown, and it will take up to 2-3 weeks for your permanent crown to be made and sent to our office. That’s where temporary crowns come in.

Your temporary crown will be bonded to your trimmed tooth, and will cover it up and preserve the natural function and appearance of your tooth until your permanent crown can be placed by Dr. Smillie. 

It’s also important to note that if you get a CEREC same-day crown, you won’t need to wear a temporary crown at all! You can get a permanent crown in just one appointment at our office with CEREC technology. 

How Are Temporary Crowns Removed?

The process of removing a temporary crown is quite simple. These crowns are designed to be flexible, and are attached to your tooth using a type of dental adhesive that is strong enough to hold the crown in place, but weak enough that the crown can easily be removed.

Dr. Joseph Smillie will simply use a special type of dental pliers to gently grasp the temporary crown, and then wiggle it back and forth to break the seal of the adhesive. Once the adhesive is released, the crown will pop off of your tooth. This procedure won’t cause you any pain or discomfort. 

What Happens After My Temporary Crown Comes Off?

Immediately after your temporary crown is removed, Dr. Smillie will clean the underlying tooth to remove any remaining adhesive and to ensure it’s ready for your permanent crown placement.

Once the tooth has been prepared and is clean, your permanent crown will be placed on the tooth, and Dr. Smillie will check the fit and finish to make sure that everything looks great, and make minor adjustments, if necessary.

After the permanent crown has been checked for the proper fit, Dr. Smillie will use powerful, permanent dental cement to attach it directly to your prepared tooth. This completes the procedure, so you’ll be sent home to enjoy your newly-restored smile and bite.

Need A Crown In Port Orange? Come To Smillie Dental Today!

Whether you have a large cavity, suspect you have an infected tooth, or you’ve broken a tooth due to an accident or injury, Dr. Smillie is here to help with durable, comfortable, and long-lasting dental crowns in Port Orange. Contact us online or give us a call at (386) 317-4754 to schedule your consultation.

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