Dental cement is an agent containing calcium or phosphate resins. It is more commonly used for temporary crowns and fillings. The cement is used to bond the crown with the prepared tooth surface. Also, in case of dental cavities, dental cement is used to fill the tooth thereby preventing any further damage. Some people use over-the-counter dental cement for self-treatment. However, it is better to avoid using such things as they may have some serious effects. So, it is better to consult a professional dentist for solving any sort of dental issues. However, when using dental cement, you need to follow certain precautionary measures for safety. Have a look on few of them.
- The temporary dental cement is brittle because of its relatively lower shear strength. So when excessive force is applied, it may get fractured.
- Avoid biting hard substances from the side you have temporary dental filling. Also, do not bite hard from the side where you have the temporary dental crown. Otherwise, the crown may get fractured or get dislodged.
- Careful and regular brushing and flossing is necessary. However, you should not floss vigorously as the crown may get dislodged.
- Do not take sticky foods when you have a temporary dental filling or a temporary dental crown.
In addition to following these tips, consult your dentist to know any other after-care or precautionary measures to be followed. Just like following certain guidelines for root canal treatment or braces or any other dental implantation, it is mandatory to follow the after-care tips for dental cement to prevent any further progression of dental problems.