How to Care for Your Temporary Crowns & Bridges

Crowns and bridges usually take several appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and a temporary restoration is placed. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is fabricated. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips, and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.

The temporary crown serves two purposes: it protects the prepared tooth underneath, and to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting.

Because “temporary” crowns are just that, please follow these precautions:

  1. Avoid foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky, and chewy. When in doubt, leave it out!
  2. Minimize use of the side of your mouth with the temporary crown.  
  3. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and do not pull up on the floss, this may dislodge the temporary crown. Instead, pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary crown to stay in place, as it will prevent the other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, call our office.

Jocelyn P. Spaulding, DMD

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Decatur, GA

Dr. Jocelyn P. Spaulding is a skilled and trusted cosmetic and family dentist providing comprehensive care for patients throughout the Decatur, GA, region. At her practice, Dr. Spaulding uses state-of-the-art technology and innovative techniques to offer patients a wide array of treatments, including crowns, dental cleanings and checkups, teeth whitening, veneers, dentures, Invisalign® orthodontics, and a complete array of cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry procedures.

Dr. Spaulding is a firm believer in educating patients in how to keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible. After earning her dental degree (DMD) as well as a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania, she completed externships at the University of Washington in Seattle, Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and the Universität Witten/Herdecke in Germany, as well as an internship and residency at the New York Hospital Medical Center, an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College. She maintains professional affiliations with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

Since the opening of her private practice in Decatur in 2004, Dr. Spaulding has welcomed the opportunity to care for new patients, and the practice accepts most major dental insurance plans. Dr. Spaulding’s priorities in life are her faith, family, and friends. She strongly believes in maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise and diet. She enjoys playing with her two dogs, Ling-Ling and Lily, and spending time with her husband Anthony, daughter Caitlin, and son Asher.

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Dr. Spaulding Family Dentistry

Dr. Jocelyn P. Spaulding is a skilled and trusted cosmetic and family dentist providing comprehensive care for patients throughout the Decatur, GA, region. At her practice, Dr. Spaulding uses state-of-the-art technology and innovative techniques to offer patients a wide array of treatments, including crowns, dental cleanings and checkups, teeth whitening, veneers, dentures, Invisalign® orthodontics, and a complete array of cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry procedures.

Dr. Spaulding is a firm believer in educating patients in how to keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible. After earning her dental degree (DMD) as well as a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania, she completed externships at the University of Washington in Seattle, Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and the Universität Witten/Herdecke in Germany, as well as an internship and residency at the New York Hospital Medical Center, an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College. She maintains professional affiliations with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

Since the opening of her private practice in Decatur in 2004, Dr. Spaulding has welcomed the opportunity to care for new patients, and the practice accepts most major dental insurance plans. Dr. Spaulding’s priorities in life are her faith, family, and friends. She strongly believes in maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise and diet. She enjoys playing with her two dogs, Ling-Ling and Lily, and spending time with her husband Anthony, daughter Caitlin, and son Asher.


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At Dr. Spaulding Family Dentistry, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

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1201 Clairmont Road, Suite 200
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: 404-634-5738
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Jocelyn Spaulding, DMD
1201 Clairmont Road
Suite 200
Decatur, GA 30030