Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

Temporary Dental Crown

Temporary dental crowns protect modified teeth while permanent crowns are being crafted. They can safeguard you from dental sensitivity, tooth decay, and shifting teeth during treatment. Temporaries are typically composed of either stainless steel or acrylic and are made to last only a few weeks, whereas permanent crowns are designed to last 10 years or more. These restorations are bonded in place using provisional dental cement, which is easier to remove during a follow-up appointment.

The Structure of a Temporary Crown

Temporary Crown
A temporary crown can safeguard you from dental sensitivity while your custom crown is being manufactured.

Temporary crowns not only serve to ensure your comfort, but also make daily functions like eating and speaking easier.

When Are Temporary Dental Crowns Needed?

When a tooth is severely damaged, a dental crown can restore its strength and integrity. However, to accommodate a dental crown, the existing tooth must be reshaped. This process can leave nerves exposed and cause significant sensitivity. Dental crowns are typically crafted at a special laboratory, and the turnaround time is approximately two weeks. While the permanent crown is being manufactured, a temporary crown is used to protect the tooth and prevent discomfort.

Temporary dental crowns are also used during other dental treatments, including:

  • Root canal therapy: This procedure involves removing compromised tissue and reshaping the inner chambers. The tooth is then filled with a rubber-like material called gutta percha. A crown is typically placed to fortify the tooth after treatment. While the crown is being crafted, a temporary may be used.
  • Dental bridges: A dental bridge can fill the gap left by tooth loss. This restoration features artificial teeth flanked by two dental crowns. As such, the teeth on either side of the gap (abutment teeth) are reshaped to make room for each crown. While the bridge is being manufactured, temporary crowns may be placed to protect the abutment teeth.
  • Dental implants: Missing teeth can leave gaps in your smile and make chewing difficult. While you wait for your permanent crowns, temporary crowns can be affixed to the implant posts.

Temporary crowns not only serve to ensure your comfort, but also make daily functions like eating and speaking easier.

The Treatment Process

After removing any compromised tissue, the dentist will file the tooth to make room for the crown. The dentist will then take an impression of the tooth using either putty or digital software, which will be used by the laboratory to fabricate your custom restoration. While you await your final crown, your dentist can place a temporary crown. These can be easily manufactured in the dentist’s office. Using provisional cement, the dentist can secure the crown in place. They can then check your bite for proper occlusion and make any necessary adjustments. At your follow-up appointment, the dentist can remove the temporary crown and place the permanent restoration.

Caring for Your Temporary Crown

You should practice routine dental hygiene while wearing your temporary crown. Make sure to brush your teeth gently around the crown and use mouthwash as directed. When flossing, do not pull the floss directly upward but instead pull it to the side to slide it out. You should not eat for the first 30 minutes after a crown is placed to avoid disrupting the setting process. You should also refrain from eating very sticky foods, as this could pull the crown off the tooth.

What to Do If the Temporary Crown Falls Off

It is not uncommon for temporary dental crowns to loosen or fall out before the permanent crown is placed. If this happens to you, call your dentist as soon as possible to schedule a visit. Should you be unable to see the dentist immediately, you may apply personal denture cement and fix the crown back in place. It is important to reapply the crown in a timely manner, as teeth can shift and make placing the permanent crown difficult.

How Much Do Temporary Dental Crowns Cost?

The cost of a temporary dental crown is usually included in the overall cost of your treatment. However, expenses may vary depending on the type of procedure performed and materials used. Other contributing factors may include the office location, the dentist’s experience, the number of crowns placed, and the preparation required. Many dental practices offer in-house payment plans or accept third party financing to make treatment more affordable.

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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