Temporaries are designed to restore your
teeth for a provisional or interim period of time. Although
today's temporaries are significantly more lifelike and durable
than those used previously, it is not uncommon for some people
to experience problems with their
Common concerns with temporaries include:
Temporaries may have a rough feeling that can be irritating
to your tongue.
The teeth with the temporaries are
sensitive to hot and cold.
harder to chew.
not pleased with how the temporaries look.
Temporaries can cause
bad breath if not properly
as few problems as possible with your temporaries, adhering to
the following care instructions can be helpful:
Do not eat
or drink anything hot for at least an hour after your
temporaries are placed.
If you experience tenderness in the
gum tissue and teeth, take a mild pain reliever and
anti-inflammatory according to the directions. Call your
dentist if the discomfort does not subside or worsens.
warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a four-ounce glass)
for a couple of days after placement of the temporary to
help lessen gum sensitivity.
sticky foods, such as caramel, taffy or gum, since these can
dislodge the temporary.
brushing your teeth, use a soft
bristle brush to gently massage gum tissue.
Floss daily, but pull the floss
through the sides of your teeth instead of pulling up.
breaks, do not chew on hard substances, such as nuts, ice or
pencils. If possible, chew on the opposite side of your
Traveling and Your Temporaries
cosmetic dentistry often can be
expensive, many patients comparison shop for the best deals and
most qualified dentists. This may involve traveling domestically
or even internationally.
what procedure you undergo, you may need to stay in the area in
which you receive treatment until the work is finished, or you
may need to go home and make subsequent return trip(s) until
completion. During this interim period, you may need to (or wish
to) wear temporaries. Be sure to discuss this with your dentist
before you start any procedure so he/she can incorporate the
fabrication of your temporaries into your treatment and travel
temporaries are especially important when traveling for dental
care, since it may be harder to get to see your long-distance
dentist if any fit, function or re-cementing concerns arise
if you are planning to travel for vacation or business, have any
necessary dental work finished before you leave. If this is not
possible and you will need to wear temporaries, let your dentist
know your travel plans as far ahead of time as possible, since
this may affect the type of temporaries he/she will fabricate
for you and the cement strength used to adhere them. Before your
departure, schedule a precautionary checkup of your temporaries
to minimize the possibility of dental emergencies while you are
Authored By: Nayda Rondon
Reviewed By: N. Summer Lerch, DDS