Crowns and bridges usually take two to four appointments to complete. In the first visit the teeth are prepared, and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while your 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 hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off.
Occasionally, a temporary restoration may come off. Call us if this happens. Place it carefully back on your teeth and see if it will re-adhere itself. If not, bring the temporary with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.
To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully. Don't pull the floss back up through the contact space which may dislodge the temporary, but pull the floss out to the side of the temporary restoration.
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 by our office.
If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call your doctor.
Post-op Instructions for a Permanent Crown
Post-op Instructionsfor a Temporary Crown
Post-op Instructions for a Bridge