Dental problems are frequently discussed at this forum. Others may know better than I. I have written a brief note, intended as a handout on caring for a temporary crown. May I have your criticism?
A temporary crown is needed to hold the space for the permanent crown. If too much time passes without the temporary crown being in place, gums and nearby teeth may move, and the permanent crown will no longer fit. The temporary crown also protects the tooth from hot and cold. If the temporary crown comes loose Friday evening, call Monday morning for an appointment to have it replaced. There is no charge for replacing a temporary crown.
A temporary crown is weakly glued in place so it will be easy to remove. Stress can make it come loose, so avoid putting pressure on it. Chew solid food on the other side of the mouth. Do not use an oral irrigator (like Waterpik) on it. The pressure of the water may lift it off. Do not lift it off with dental floss. Work the floss down, and then release one end of the floss and let the floss slide out.
If the temporary crown comes loose, save it if you can, make an appointment to have it promptly replaced, and bring the temporary crown with you.
tom, Just had one for 2 weeks last month. It is difficult to floss a temporary crown because they are weak and they are not polished smooth and shiny like the real thing. I did have trouble flossing, but the pulling through thing is better than nothing. I chewed on that side with no problem. I have had 3-4 temps and 2 temp bridges over the years. All held up as expected. l've never been given a list of instructions!
Now the price of the darn things has gone up from $725 to $850! This happened during my 2 wk wait for the permanent crown. I got away with the lesser price because the procedure was started before the price increase.
I have had 3-4 temps and 2 temp bridges over the years. All held up as expected. l've never been given a list of instructions!
My opinion is that the cost of dentistry would be reduced if patients were given written instructions. I have had three temporary crowns in the last year. Two came off, and there have been other complications, not all of which could have been prevented by written instructions. There was an error in manufacture of the last permanent crown, and I am now with a temporary crown and awaiting a replacement. This is not unusual. The dentist told me that he had had two permanent crowns that did not fit the tooth so far this month, and that was on the seventh.
tom, Next time you are there, you might ask if they have considered using another lab. Then again, the lab makes the crown from the impression that the dental office provides.
It is crazy how expensive dental work is, but it's just like any other medical field. Insurance is great, but for a crown or bridge, it's still pricey for the average person to pay half. I don't want to think of the day I need bridge replacement. Life span of those is 5-10 years. I've had mine 14 years. Dentist says it still looks great.
Off subject a bit, while DS was in Thailand last week he got an eye infection. They had been staying in Phuket with side trip to Phi Phi Islands, swimming and snorkeling. Then to Bangkok. It was there he went to a clinic at a hospital recommended by the hotel. He said it looks like a 5 star hotel, and it does! He saw a dr., had eyes flushed and got prescription antibiotic drops for $55. He didn't use his insurance, he gave them his card and they didn't know what to do with it. $55 is less than what most people would have paid in co-pay here in the States. I cautioned him about getting OTC antibiotics, which are available there.
bridge replacement. Life span of those is 5-10 years. I've had mine 14 years.
and you could have it another 14+ years! I have two permanent bridges (I had a primary molar on each side that didn't form a permanent tooth to replace it.) One of the bridges was done in the early 90's and one in the mid 90's. Still going strong! You just need to take good oral care and avoid destructive foods.
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
You have more confidence in two medical practitioners than I normally would, especially if I had questions about their practice, possible lack of sufficient advice, etc.
Over years of treatment with some practices allowed me to develop confidence in them, but I always had lists of questions. This became especially necessary at our first choice hospital, which declined in treatment after being purchased by a for profit entity.
When I have concerns, I post them as questions as I don't want to antagonize anyone, but I do want my questions answered. If they're not, the practice didn't see us again.
You have more confidence in two medical practitioners than I normally would
SpringRain, I am from a different culture where people have roots. I knew the dentist father of the current dentist and have spoken to his personable grandfather, also a dentist. When delivering flowers to his mother, I have been to the home where the current dentist grew up. I am not dealing with strangers. My gut feeling is that they are good people. That judgment cannot be made through questions. It isn't a matter of information but of intuitive perception.
I have retired from the dental laboratory business after 47 years as a technician. Most of your crowns today are milled on a machine from a block of zirconium. No more gooey impressions. Your crown preparation is scanned in your mouth and this is sent to the lab on the computer. Many are sent to a third world country to be made by cheap labor. The dentist pays about $30.00 for the finished crown and charges you $900.00 to 1100.00 for it. Some dentists have a milling machine right in their office and can make you a permanent crown the same day.