If you are undergoing a dental treatment such as filling a deep cavity or getting a root canal, your dentist will likely recommend placing a dental crown over your treated tooth to strengthen and protect it. Before your final crown is put into place, you will likely receive a temporary crown. A temporary crown is often made of weaker materials than a permanent crown, is cemented with temporary cement, and may not match your teeth perfectly. Because you must treat a temporary crown with excessive care, you may be eager to get your permanent crown as soon as possible. However, there are a few reasons why you may want to wait an extended amount of time to get your permanent crown placed.
It May Cost Less
Some dental offices offer same-day or next-day crown construction. Often, this service costs more than sending your imprints to a lab and getting a crown made over the course of a week or two weeks. If your dentist offers both services, ask if there is a difference in the cost of the two and then make a decision about whether you prefer to pay the extra fees for immediate construction of a permanent crown or if it is worth it to wear your temporary for a couple of weeks.
A Temporary Crown Can Give You Extra Time to Make Important Decisions
Permanent dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials. Each material has benefits and drawbacks, which your dentist can explain or you can research on your own. If you decide to wear a temporary crown for a week or longer, you will have plenty of time to make sure you make the right decision regarding the construction of your permanent crown. Additionally, this will give you time to decide between a crown or a bridge, if your dentist is giving you that option.
Your Dentist Will Be Sure That Complications Will Not Develop
Sometimes, after a tooth is prepared for a crown, an infection or inflammation develops inside the roots of the tooth that may require further preparation, a root canal, or full extraction. By waiting a few days before having your permanent crown placed, your dentist can monitor your tooth and make sure it is ready to support a permanent crown. If a problem arises, a temporary crown is easier for your dentist to remove than a permanent.
Although you should not wear your temporary crown longer than your dentist recommends, you should consider the benefits of wearing a temporary crown for a few days or weeks if your dentist, such as Sunnyside Dentistry for Children-David E Doyle, DDS, recommends it.