AFTER CROWN AND BRIDGE TREATMENT
After your crown and bridge appointment
Crown and bridge treatments usually take two appointments with Dr. Alavi, your santa rosa dentist. After your initial visit, you will normally have a temporary crown or bridge placed. You need to take special care of your temporary crown or bridge until the permanent restoration is cemented.
Temporary Crowns and Bridges
Guidelines to be observed with your temporary:
- Do not chew or drink hot beverages for two hours after your appointment
- Do not chew sticky foods, candy, or gum to prevent it from dislodging since your restoration is placed in with a temporary cement
- Do not chew hard foods and candies or crush ice to prevent the restoration from breaking because it is made out of a hard plastic
- When flossing, remove the floss by pulling it through the side instead of pulling it up or down to prevent dislodging the restoration especially when it has a tight contact
What to expect with Your Temporary:
- Slight tenderness around the gums of the tooth that was treated for one to two days. Warm salt water rinses can help promote healing of the gums and reduce tenderness.
- Slight tooth sensitivity for about 3 days following temporary crown placement especially if the tooth had a deep cavity or large old restoration. If the discomfort persists or progressively increases please call the office.
- Pressure sensitivity on the treated tooth may be felt if the bite on the temporary has a high spot. If this is the case or the bite on the temporary does not feel comfortable, please call the office to come in for a short 5 minute adjustment.
What if my temporary restoration comes off or breaks?
- Call the office to have a new temporary made or to have it re-cemented as soon as possible. It is important to have your temporary restoration until your permanent restoration is cemented. The temporary crown or bridge will protect the prepared teeth or tooth and prevent adjacent and opposing teeth form shifting.
Permanent Crowns and Bridges
Guidelines to be observed after the cementation of your permanent restoration:
- Do not chew or drink beverages for two hours after your appointment.
- Do not chew sticky foods, candy, or gum, and do not chew hard foods and candies or crush ice for 12 hours after your appointment.
- Floss the next morning after your appointment.
What to expect following cementation of my permanent restoration:
- The teeth or tooth may be slightly sensitive for a few days due to the cementation process.
- The bite should feel even and comfortable with the rest of the teeth. If the bite feels high, pressure sensitivity on the treated teeth or opposing teeth may occur. If this is the case or the bite does not feel 100% comfortable, please call the office to come in for a short 5 minute bite adjustment.