Dr. Boulden: When you get your dental temporaries, one thing that may be a little shocking is the fact that they're all connected from side to side. When I had temp veneers done on my own teeth, it was a little foreign feeling to have this. I don't want to say a wall of teeth because that sounds like it wouldn't look good, because the temps looked awesome, but they were all connected.
I wasn't able to floss in between my teeth. Nor do any of our patients have that ability. So one of the things that's important when you're in your dental temporary phase is to make sure that you're keeping things clean because you won't have the ability in that three-week period to floss.
What are some good tips that you have to helping keep things clean in that phase?
Dr. Creasman: Well, there are several things that we do to help you maximize your home care. Yes, there's strength in numbers which is why they're all hooked together, but it does make home care a little more challenging. There are some things that we absolutely will prescribe for you, which is rinsing with hydrogen peroxide. That allows you to get into the nooks and crannies where your toothbrush can't get and where the floss would have normally gone.
Dr. Boulden: I did that about five times a day with mine. The more the better. The more irrigating you can get through because things kind of get trapped. The more you can irrigate and get that food and debris and stuff out from between your teeth, the better.
Dr. Creasman: Absolutely. Helps control bad breath and things like that because the bacteria can get up there if you don't keep it clean.
Dr. Boulden: What about staining? What are some tips you think for preventing staining? Because they are acrylic, I think they stain versus...the total opposite is porcelain can't stain, and we get it for the final product. So dental staining on the temporary can sometimes be a problem.
Dr. Creasman: Absolutely. The most common question is, "Does that mean I can't go to Starbucks?" Well, no, of course not. Temporaries will stain, and you just have to be aware of that. But that doesn't mean you can't have all the things that you enjoy normally like coffees and things like that. You do have to drink them through a straw. Now once the final restorations are in, you can go back to normal, but with the temporaries, anything that introduces stain will stain them. So I always use the rule that if you dropped it on a white shirt and it left a stain, it's going to stain your temporaries, too.