Crowns and Bridges Post-Operative Instructions
Having a crown or bridge procedure requires the patient to come to our office on two separate occasions. The first visit consists of having an impression made of your teeth, having the tooth prepped to receive the crown or bridge, and the placement of a temporary crown or bridge. During the second visit we place the permanent crown on the tooth. It is important that you give the temporary decent care during the time you have it because it serves an important purpose.
How to Take Care of Your Temporary Crown or Bridge
During the process of receiving a temporary you will probably have received some anesthesia. It is important to refrain from eating for at least two hours after receiving anesthesia, or until the effects have worn off. The purpose of the temporary is to protect the dentin (inner core) of the tooth from sensitivity and from bacteria within the mouth. Without enamel to protect the tooth it is very sensitive and extremely susceptible to decay. The temporary also acts as a placeholder for the tooth, preventing the movement of the surrounding teeth into the area that your new crown or bridge will end up.
The temporary is placed using a cement that it not as effective as the cement we us on the final crowns and bridges. Avoid sticky and chewy foods like gums and caramels.
It is not necessary to change the way you brush to accommodate the temporary. Flossing is a different story. When you floss with a temporary try not to pull the floss up through the gap between your tooth and the temporary. Instead, bring the floss down into the gap between your tooth and the temporary and when you are finished just let go of one end of the floss and pull it through to the other side. Pulling up can potentially pull the temporary off the tooth. If at any point your temporary comes off there is no need to panic. Simply put the temporary back on your tooth and call our office at (425) 358-8500 so that we can re-apply the cement for you.
It is very common for your tooth to be sensitive to hot and cold following treatment. It is wise to avoid extreme hot or cold for a few days following the procedure. Further it is normal to experience some degree of minor discomfort following a crown or bridge procedure. Many times the discomfort will follow the anesthesia wearing off. If your gums or teeth are tender, you can rinse with warm salt water to help relieve the tenderness. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are fine to take as well.
Final Dental Crown or Bridge
Once we set the final crown or bridge on your tooth it will likely take a few days for it to feel “normal” in your mouth. It will probably feel a bit tender but it should feel comfortable to bite with. If you find your teeth are not fitting together properly, please call us and come in for some minor adjustments. It is important that your bite feel natural and correct.
For more information on crowns or bridges please give us a call at (425) 358-8500.