When decay and cavities have worn your tooth down to the point where you require a crown, your dentist will most likely install a temporary crown in place. This crown helps to protect your tooth and its function, as well as to stop your teeth from moving, to prevent sensitivity, and to help shape your gum. Usually, a dentist will put a temporary crown in place with dental cement which is easy to remove once your more permanent solution is ready.
While a temporary crown can offer a sense of normalcy in your mouth while providing tooth functionality, it’s not a permanent fix. Therefore, there are a few types of food you must avoid until your more permanent solution is in place. We’ve included a list of these below.
Any Sticky Food
If you have a sweet tooth and usually can’t look past gummy bears, jelly beans, or even chewing gum, you may have to for the time being. Sticky food, also including taffy or caramel, can encase your new temporary crown, compromising its already weakened state. Remember, the crown is only a short-term solution, and any food that sticks to your teeth can be all it takes to loosen or remove it. In saying that, most sticky food is bad for your other teeth as well. Always consume in moderation and consult your dentist if you have any questions or concerns.
Even if you’re trying to be healthy by munching on carrot sticks, you may need to leave them in the fridge until after you have your new permanent crown. You should avoid any hard food such as nuts, hard vegetables, hard fruits, or virtually any food or confectionary that takes much effort to bite through. While your temporary crown is strong, it’s not as strong as the more permanent metal or porcelain variety. If you eat hard food, you run the risk of chipping or breaking it, undoing all the hard work of your dentist.