A dental bridge restoration typically calls for Drs. Jared Hill and Jerel Hill to remove the tooth enamel layer from each of the teeth surrounding the void left by the missing tooth. These abutments consist of the healthy dentin layer, and will eventually anchor the dental bridge in your mouth.
The dental bridge will need to be prepared at an off-site dental lab. In the interim, we will secure a protective temporary crown over each abutment.
It’s important to note that these hard plastic caps cannot fully replace the tooth’s ability to bite and chew food. If it is damaged, loosened, or falls out, the abutment inside could suffer significant complications.
It’s best to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods on that side of your mouth. The suction could potentially loosen or pull off one of the temporary crowns. It would also be wise to avoid biting down on hard or crunchy foods as it could potentially crack damage a temporary crown or traumatize one of the abutments.
Maintaining healthy gums will also help the dental bridge to seat comfortably at the gumline. So you should continue to light brush the temporary crowns each morning and night and floss at least once.
If you are in the Orem, Utah, area and you have further questions or concerns about one of your temporary crowns you can always call 801-225-7110 to speak to one of the staff specialists at Hill Family Dental’s dental offices.