Temporaries: Concerns, Care and Travel Considerations
Temporaries are designed to restore your teeth for a provisional or interim period of time. Although today's temporaries are significantly more lifelike and durable than those used previously, it is not uncommon for some people to experience problems with their temporaries. Common concerns with temporaries include:
- Temporaries may have a rough feeling that can be irritating to your tongue.
- They fall out easily.
- The teeth with the temporaries are more sensitive to hot and cold.
- It is harder to chew.
- You are not pleased with how the temporaries look.
- Temporaries can cause bad breath if not properly cleaned.
To experience as few problems as possible with your temporaries, adhering to the following care instructions can be helpful:
- Do not eat or drink anything hot for at least an hour after your temporaries are placed.
- If you experience tenderness in the gum tissue and teeth, take a mild pain reliever and anti-inflammatory according to the directions. Call your dentist if the discomfort does not subside or worsens.
- Rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a four-ounce glass) for a couple of days after placement of the temporary to help lessen gum sensitivity.
- Avoid sticky foods, such as caramel, taffy or gum, since these can dislodge the temporary.
- When brushing your teeth, use a soft bristle brush to gently massage gum tissue.
- Floss daily, but pull the floss through the sides of your teeth instead of pulling up.
- To avoid breaks, do not chew on hard substances, such as nuts, ice or pencils. If possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
Traveling and Your Temporaries
Since cosmetic dentistry often can be expensive, many patients comparison shop for the best deals and most qualified dentists. This may involve traveling domestically or even internationally.
Depending on what procedure you undergo, you may need to stay in the area in which you receive treatment until the work is finished, or you may need to go home and make subsequent return trip(s) until completion. During this interim period, you may need to (or wish to) wear temporaries. Be sure to discuss this with your dentist before you start any procedure so he/she can incorporate the fabrication of your temporaries into your treatment and travel schedule.
Satisfactory temporaries are especially important when traveling for dental care, since it may be harder to get to see your long-distance dentist if any fit, function or re-cementing concerns arise in-between appointments.
Additionally, if you are planning to travel for vacation or business, have any necessary dental work finished before you leave. If this is not possible and you will need to wear temporaries, let your dentist know your travel plans as far ahead of time as possible, since this may affect the type of temporaries he/she will fabricate for you and the cement strength used to adhere them. Before your departure, schedule a precautionary checkup of your temporaries to minimize the possibility of dental emergencies while you are away.