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So... What Is a Temp, Anyway?

When you visit Dr. Mannering for a restorative procedure such as a crown or onlay, you’re likely to hear that she has placed a temporary restoration, also known as a temp. Many patients are surprised to learn that they will need to return in about a month for the placement of a more permanent solution. If you’ve ever wondered what all the fuss is about, we’re here to answer your burning questions: What is a temporary crown, and why can’t I wear it long-term?

The crowning process typically requires two separate visits. At your first appointment, any decay is removed and the tooth is shaped, or prepped, to provide the necessary space for a new crown. An impression and several models are also taken during this appointment. Our team coordinates to send these materials and specific instructions for fabricating your crown to the dental lab where your final restoration will be made.

In the intervening weeks, your prepped tooth requires a temporary crown to support your health and comfort. The temp protects your remaining tooth structure from further decay and allows you to eat and speak as you normally would. Additionally, it prevents the surrounding teeth from shifting into the space reserved for your permanent crown. Your temp is custom-made by Dr. Mannering and seated with a temporary adhesive at your first visit.

During your second appointment, we remove the temporary restoration and any remaining adhesive before trying in your permanent crown. Once a suitable fit has been determined by Dr. Mannering, the restoration is bonded to your tooth using resin cement and a curing light. Final adjustments are made to the crown to improve your occlusion and maximize your comfort.

Temporary crowns are intermediate solutions and generally last no more than a few months, as the materials are unable to withstand the mechanical forces of chewing over time. Instructions on caring for your temp will be provided at the end of your first appointment. It is important to follow them carefully until the second appointment when your permanent crown is seated.