A temporary crown is usually what is fitted onto your tooth while you wait for your permanent crown to be created in a dental laboratory. This creation can take several days, so the dentist will fit their patient with a temporary crown in their office to fill the gap while the permanent crown is being created. Temporary crowns are usually made from acrylic or stainless steel and should be cared for by avoiding sticky and chewy foods as well as refraining from chewing on that side of your mouth until your permanent crown is fitted.