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How to Re-Cement A Temporary Crown at Home

September 4, 2021
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Posted By: Dr. Robert Appel

No, we are not advocating for DIY dentistry.

The best option for re-cementing any temporary crown is always to see your dentist.

Is there ever a good time for a temporary crown to come out? Probably not, but there are some times that are worse than others. Follow this step-by-step guide to re-cement your temporary crown until you are able to get an appointment in our office. (Part 1 on temporary crowns)

  1. Clean the temporary crown. Rinse with water and use a toothbrush as needed to remove any debris from the inside of the temporary crown. 
  2. Clean the tooth. Rinse with warm water and gently brush the area to remove any food debris or temporary cement still adhered to the tooth. Warning: This may be uncomfortable. 
  3. Try the temporary crown onto the tooth. There is usually only one way the temporary crown will fit and it can be tricky to get the correct orientation. If you feel confident in your ability to place the temporary crown back on the tooth in the correct orientation, then proceed to the next step. 
  4. Place a pea sized amount of temporary dental cement inside the crown and place it back onto the tooth, close firmly until the cement is set. Most temporary cements work best when the inside of the crown is dry and when the tooth itself is dry. It may take a minute or longer for the temporary cement to set up. 

Temporary dental cement can be found in the oral care aisle at most pharmacies. Alternatives to a temporary dental cement can include Vasoline, denture adhesive, and toothpaste. DO NOT USE Gorilla Glue, Super Glue, Crazy Glue, etc. Those are not intended for use in the mouth and can make it very difficult for us to remove when it does come time for the final crown. 

If you don’t feel comfortable putting the temporary crown back on your tooth, and it’s very sensitive, then you can try placing orthodontic wax (also available at pharmacies) on the tooth to act like an insulator. 

These steps should help you make it through the weekend or that vacation until you’re able to make an appointment to come in. 

Contact us to get your temporary crown re-cemented.

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