I’m getting a new crown. My dentist said it won’t be ready for a little bit so I’ll need a temporary crown. I don’t want to pay for two of them. What is the purpose of the temporary one?
Jay J. – Fordyce, AR
There are several reasons why your dentist wants you to wear a temporary crown. Be assured it will not cost the equivalent of your permanent crown, so you are not paying for two. It is made of a less durable material and is less esthetic than an artistically shaped porcelain crown, which cuts down on the costs.
First, it will need to cover your tooth to prevent sensitivity. Once your dentin is exposed it can be quite painful. Sweets can be painful, but also cold, and even air. Covering the live dentin protects you from that painful sensitivity. Secondly, it is important the temporary crown both touches the teeth on either side of the crown and occludes with its opposing tooth. The reason for this is that without that contact the teeth will move between appointments and your crown won’t fit once you return.
I hope this helps you understand your dentist is trying to protect your mouth and investment, and isn’t just racking up unnecessary expenses.
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