If you’re one of the millions of American adults missing one or more teeth, chances are that your health and quality of life have suffered as a result. From nutrition problems to slurred speech, a temporary crown can instantly improve your oral health and confidence while you wait for a permanent crown or dental implant.
However, temporary crowns require care to prevent breaks and damage. If you’re living with tooth loss, we can help. Our team of dentists offers a range of cosmetic and general dentistry services for your oral health needs.
Located in The Woodlands, Texas, Scott Young, DDS, serves the greater Houston region, including the areas of Highland Village, West University, River Oaks, Rice Village, and Memorial.
What to eat (and avoid) with a temporary crown
Permanent dental crowns and restorations like dental implants are designed to endure chewing and the normal wear-and-tear that your natural teeth are regularly exposed to. That said, eating things like hard and sticky candy can damage dental restorations. You will have to take some precautions to protect your temporary crown.
Foods to avoid after getting a temporary crown
The most obvious foods to avoid while wearing a temporary crown include hard and sticky candies that can stick to and dislodge or damage the crown. However, the foods you should avoid aren’t just limited to unhealthy options like candy.
Healthy foods, like apples and certain vegetables, should be avoided to protect your temporary crown. In addition to hard foods, also avoid food that consists of small particles and fragments that can get stuck inside or between your crown and other teeth.
Some examples include:
- Small to mid-sized nuts
- Hard peas
You should also be careful with temperature and avoid excessively hot and cold food and drinks after getting your temporary crown.
Dr. Young and our team will give you detailed instructions about what to avoid following your fitting for a temporary crown. Use your best judgment, and feel free to give us a call with any questions.
Some foods that are safe to eat with a temporary crown
Soft food and drinks are safe and can help you get the nutrients you need after you get a temporary crown. These include:
- Soft fruit like bananas
- Cooked vegetables
- Soups and stews
- Boneless fish and chicken
- Pudding and Jell-o
Remember, if you drink shakes or smoothies, try to avoid frozen or chilled drinks to avoid heightened sensitivity.
Dental restorations, like crowns, require making a few adjustments as they heal, but replacing missing teeth is the best way to improve your oral and general health in the short and long term.
For more information about temporary crowns and the general and cosmetic dentistry services we offer at Scott Young, DDS, contact us today to schedule an appointment.