Home Care Instructions

 

After Crown and Bridge Appointment

Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and impressions are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking until the numbness is completely worn off.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off, don’t hesitate to call the office if this happens. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from shifting and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum, caramel, taffy, etc.), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully. Do not pull up on the floss, but instead pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used, as directed.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.