Post-Operative Care - Crown and Bridge
Crowns, bridges, and veneers usually take two or three appointments to complete. On the first appointment the teeth are prepared. Temporary crowns, bridges or veneers are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
On rare occasions, temporary crowns come off. Call us if this happens and keep the temporary so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the proper fit of your final restoration that temporaries stay in place. If you are out of town and your temporary dislodges, you can put a small amount of Vaseline or Dent Temp (an over the counter dental adhesive available in most drug stores) in it and reseat it. This will hold it in place until you can get in and see us.
It's normal to experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. Your gums may be sore for several days. Rinse three times a day with warm salt water (a tsp. of salt in a cup of warm water, rinse-swish-spit) to reduce pain and swelling. Use medication only as directed.
To help keep your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. It's important to continue to brush normally, but floss very carefully and remove the floss from the side to prevent removal of the temporary crown.
If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.