After Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges usually take two visits to complete. During the first visit, the teeth are prepared and impressions are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are then placed to protect the prepared teeth while the custom restorations are being fabricated. The prepared teeth are usually anesthetized; therefore, the cheeks, lips, and tongue may be numb for a few hours. Refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn away.
It is important to remember that your temporary restoration is not as sturdy as the permanent one will be; therefore, you should be careful when cleaning and eating. The area should be brushed gently and you should not pull up on the tooth when flossing so that the temporary does not become loose or dislodged. You should also avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods while your temporary is in place.
There may be some temperature and pressure sensitivity after the temporary or permanent restoration is placed. This is normal and usually subsides a few weeks after the final restoration has been placed. Warm salt-water rinses will help and mild over-the-counter pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.
When a permanent crown or bridge is placed it may feel a bit strange or very “new.” Your mouth will adjust to the new restoration and it normally feels like your other teeth in about a week. Also, daily brushing and flossing of your permanent crown or bridge is vital to the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular professional cleaning appointments.