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Crown and Bridge

Post-Operative Instructions

Following Crown/Bridge

You’ve just had a tooth or teeth prepared for a crown or a bridge.

You may still be numb from the anesthetic if one was used. Avoid eating on the treated side if you are still numb – that piece of gristle just might be your lip!

You probably have a temporary, acrylic crown on each prepared tooth to protect it while the laboratory is making your new crowns. Temporary crowns are morefunctional than esthetic. It’s VERY important that your temporary crowns remain in place during the next two to three weeks while the lab is making your permanent crowns. The temporary crowns reduce temperature sensitivity during this period, as well as protect the teeth from fracturing when you chew.

Another important function of temporaries is to maintain the teeth’s positions relative to one another. If your temporary remains off for even a few hours, teeth can shift just enough that your new crown or bridge may not fit properly. Also, gum tissue can rapidly grow up over the edge of the prepared tooth, requiring more work and possibly anesthetic at your next appointment.

If your temporary crowns come off during this period, replace the crowns as soon as possible and call our office at . If the temporaries won’t stay on, try using a dab of toothpaste in the crown to act as a temporary cement until you can return to our office to have it recemented.

Many crowns fit below the gumline. Therefore, you may experience some discomfort for a few days due to the irritation of the gum tissue during the procedure. Sensitivity to cold or pressure is also possible. However, severe discomfort, spontaneous pain or temperature sensitivity that lingers are symptoms that indicate that further treatment may be required before your new crown is cemented. Call our office immediately if you experience such symptoms.

After the anesthetic wears off, it may take a few days to get used to the provisional temporary crown or bridge. If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced, be sure to call our office immediately for a simple adjustment. If the temporary crown feels “high” to you, it’s important to adjust it so that it doesn’t cause the tooth to become sensitive.

Proper care includes brushing, flossing and using an oral irrigator, such as a WaterPik®.

Cavities can form around crowns and bridges if they are not properly cleaned each day. If you have any questions regarding how to maintain your new crowns or bridges, call our office . We’d be happy to show you.