POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEMPROARY CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common following treatment. For the first few days avoid extremely hot or cold beverages.
Temporary: A temporary crown or bridge will be placed on the prepared teeth while the permanent restoration is being made. Please be aware that temporary material texture is more porous, thus it will not replicate the natural tooth structure as your permanent restoration will. The temporary serves several very important purposes. It protects the exposed dentin so it is not sensitive, prevents food and bacteria from collecting on the tooth preparation, and prevents the tooth from shifting or moving, which can make seating of the permanent restoration more difficult or even impossible. The temporary is placed with a cement that is designed to come off easily, so avoid chewing sticky foods such as gum or taffy or anything very crunchy. Use your toothbrush to clean the temporary as you normally do your other teeth. However, when flossing, it is best to slide the floss out below the contact rather than popping up through the contact between the temporary and the tooth next to it.
If your temporary comes off between appointments, even if there is no discomfort, slip it back on and call our office so that we can re-cement it for you. We cannot stress the importance of doing this as soon as possible. A little denture adhesive placed inside the crown can help to hold it in place in the interim.
Sensitivity: Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common while you are wearing the temporary. If you experience this, avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages. It is normal to have discomfort in the gums around the tooth after the anesthesia wears off. While there may be sensitivity to temperature and biting, any and all symptoms should only last anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks. If symptoms persist and begin to increase in intensity, please call our office immediately. If you appear to be hitting the temporary before your other teeth, please call our office immediately as you may need to have an adjustment made. If you choose not to have the adjustment, root canal therapy may be necessary. If your gums are tender, rinse with warm salt water by dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water. An analgesic, such as the medication you would take for a headache, will help to increase your comfort.
Permanent Crown or Bridge: Typically, we will have your permanent crown or bridge approximately 2 weeks after the appointment during which the tooth or teeth were prepared. It may take a few days to get used to the new crown or bridge after your permanent restoration is finally cemented. If your bite feels high or unbalanced, please be sure to call our office for an appointment to make a simple adjustment. Normally no anesthetic is needed for this appointment.
Home Care after seating your Permanent Crown or Bridge: Although crowns and bridges are often the most durable of all restorations, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay, especially at the interface between the tooth and crown. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restorations.