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Crowns and Bridges Post Op Instructions

Did you just get a crown or bridge with us? Below, you can read about what to expect during your treatment as well as find tips on how to make sure your restoration truly lasts. If you have any questions after reading this page, be sure to let us know.

Temporary Crowns and Bridges

If your crown or bridge is being made at an outside lab, a temporary crown or bridge is placed on the prepared teeth while the final restoration is being made.  The temporary is placed with lightweight cement that is made to come off easily.  Avoid chewing sticky foods such as gum and caramel.  Brush as you normally would, but when flossing; pull the floss through rather than lift up to avoid loosening the temporary.  If your temporary comes off between appointments, please call our office to set up an appointment to recement it for you.

Sensitivity

Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a few days following treatment.  It is also normal to have discomfort in the gums and around the tooth after the numbness wears off.  For tender gums, rinse with warm salt water.  Taking an analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil can also help to decrease discomfort.

Final Crown or Bridge

After cementing your restoration, it may take a few days for you to get used to the new crown or bridge.  If your bite feels uneven, please call our office to set up an appointment for a simple adjustment.

Home Care

Although crowns and bridges are the most durable of all restorations, the tooth is still vulnerable to decay.  It is important to continue regular brushing and flossing as well as regular dental visits.  This will increase the longevity of your new restoration.