Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Temporary Dental Crown

Temporary dental crowns protect modified teeth while permanent crowns are being crafted. They can safeguard you from dental sensitivity, tooth decay, and shifting teeth during treatment. Temporaries are typically composed of either stainless steel or acrylic and are made to last only a few weeks, whereas permanent crowns are designed to last 10 years or more. These restorations are bonded in place using provisional dental cement, which is easier to remove during a follow-up appointment.

The Structure of a Temporary Crown

Temporary Crown
A temporary crown can safeguard you from dental sensitivity while your custom crown is being manufactured.

Temporary crowns not only serve to ensure your comfort, but also make daily functions like eating and speaking easier.

When Are Temporary Dental Crowns Needed?

When a tooth is severely damaged, a dental crown can restore its strength and integrity. However, to accommodate a dental crown, the existing tooth must be reshaped. This process can leave nerves exposed and cause significant sensitivity. Dental crowns are typically crafted at a special laboratory, and the turnaround time is approximately two weeks. While the permanent crown is being manufactured, a temporary crown is used to protect the tooth and prevent discomfort.

Temporary dental crowns are also used during other dental treatments, including:

  • Root canal therapy: This procedure involves removing compromised tissue and reshaping the inner chambers. The tooth is then filled with a rubber-like material called gutta percha. A crown is typically placed to fortify the tooth after treatment. While the crown is being crafted, a temporary may be used.
  • Dental bridges: A dental bridge can fill the gap left by tooth loss. This restoration features artificial teeth flanked by two dental crowns. As such, the teeth on either side of the gap (abutment teeth) are reshaped to make room for each crown. While the bridge is being manufactured, temporary crowns may be placed to protect the abutment teeth.
  • Dental implants: Missing teeth can leave gaps in your smile and make chewing difficult. While you wait for your permanent crowns, temporary crowns can be affixed to the implant posts.

Temporary crowns not only serve to ensure your comfort, but also make daily functions like eating and speaking easier.

The Treatment Process

After removing any compromised tissue, the dentist will file the tooth to make room for the crown. The dentist will then take an impression of the tooth using either putty or digital software, which will be used by the laboratory to fabricate your custom restoration. While you await your final crown, your dentist can place a temporary crown. These can be easily manufactured in the dentist’s office. Using provisional cement, the dentist can secure the crown in place. They can then check your bite for proper occlusion and make any necessary adjustments. At your follow-up appointment, the dentist can remove the temporary crown and place the permanent restoration.

Caring for Your Temporary Crown

You should practice routine dental hygiene while wearing your temporary crown. Make sure to brush your teeth gently around the crown and use mouthwash as directed. When flossing, do not pull the floss directly upward but instead pull it to the side to slide it out. You should not eat for the first 30 minutes after a crown is placed to avoid disrupting the setting process. You should also refrain from eating very sticky foods, as this could pull the crown off the tooth.

What to Do If the Temporary Crown Falls Off

It is not uncommon for temporary dental crowns to loosen or fall out before the permanent crown is placed. If this happens to you, call your dentist as soon as possible to schedule a visit. Should you be unable to see the dentist immediately, you may apply personal denture cement and fix the crown back in place. It is important to reapply the crown in a timely manner, as teeth can shift and make placing the permanent crown difficult.

How Much Do Temporary Dental Crowns Cost?

The cost of a temporary dental crown is usually included in the overall cost of your treatment. However, expenses may vary depending on the type of procedure performed and materials used. Other contributing factors may include the office location, the dentist’s experience, the number of crowns placed, and the preparation required. Many dental practices offer in-house payment plans or accept third party financing to make treatment more affordable.

Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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