Bruce Apfelbaum, D.M.D.
Main Line 
Quality Dentistry since 1976
Bryn Mawr , Pa.  19010

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Crowns cover the entire tooth, replacing decayed or missing areas.  Used 
  in many situations 

  • After a root canal                                             
  • Where the tooth has large areas of decay                         
  • In teeth where fillings have failed
  • To strengthen weak teeth
  • After a root canal or in a tooth that has a large area of decay, fillings do not provide the coverage and strength needed to properly repair the tooth and restore it to full use.

A porcelain tooth crown covers the entire tooth, protecting and strengthening it. You don't have to replace the tooth itself, because the tooth crown allows you to keep the original strength and natural shape.


A temporary is a filling or crown that is placed until the permanent filling or crown is made and ready to be placed. It is normal for the gum around your tooth to be a little sore when the anesthesia wears off.  This will disappear by tomorrow. Do your best to chew on the opposite side until your next appointment.  Chewing sticky foods can sometimes dislodge it.  It is not uncommon to have the following reactions or problems with the temporary.

It feels rough. 
      (Please call us if it is making the tongue sensitive.)
It came off. 
     (This is probably the most common problem.  It is supposed to come off easily. Stay away from sticky foods or gum.  It’s important for it to be there, so call us so we can recement it or put it back in with a denture adhesive until you can get in.) 
It feels high. 
     (Come in so we can adjust it.  You can bruise a tooth if it is high.)
It’s not how I want the permanent to look. 
     (Don’t worry; the permanent will look much better.)
It is sensitive. 
     (The temporary will not always fit as well as the permanent will, so there may be   some sensitivity to hot and cold as well as chewing.  If it is too uncomfortable,        please call.)

The temporary is very important.  It protects the exposed dentin so it is not sensitive, prevents food from gathering in the preparation, and prevents the prepared tooth from shifting and moving making seating of the permanent more difficult.  Use your toothbrush to clean the temporary as you normally do your other teeth.  You will not be able to floss around your temporary as you may dislodge it.

If you have any questions concerning the temporary, please feel free to call.  Remember, it will only be for a week or two and it will all be worth it when you get your beautiful permanent restoration. 


A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite.

Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.     




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Bryn Mawr, PA 19010


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