After Your Tooth has been prepared for a crown or a bridge

Until your next appointment:

  1. Whenever anesthesia is used, avoid chewing on your teeth until the numbness has worn off.
  2. You may experience sensitivity to temperature and pressure, gum soreness and slight discomfort on the tooth / teeth; it should subside after the placement of permanent crown.
  3. Rinse your mouth with Listerine™ mouthwash or warm salt water to minimize inflammation of the gum tissue.
  4. You may experience sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages after treatment.
  5. It is best to eat soft foods and to avoid vigorous chewing around the prepared area, as the prepped tooth needs to heal
  6. Mild to moderate discomfort after dental work is common. An over the counter pain reliever/anti-inflammatory is recommended for patients who are able to tolerate them. If discomfort increases, please call the office.

After the Crown or Bridge Has Been Cemented 

  1.  During your appointment, we permanently cemented your new crown(s) or bridge. It may take a few days to get used to the new restoration.
  2. You may experience some minor discomfort for the first few days following your treatment. An over-the-counter pain reliever/anti-inflammatory is recommended for patients who are able to tolerate them. If discomfort increases or lasts more than 2-3 days, please call our office.
  3. Hot and cold sensitivity is possible for a few weeks and occasionally will last for several months.
  4. 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 (along the gum line). We recommend professional maintenance and evaluation at least twice a year. If you have had a periodontal problem (gum disease) in the past, you should see us a minimum of three times a year.
  5. Proper care of your new crown(s) or bridge includes brushing and flossing a minimum of twice daily and regulating your intake of sugar-containing food and drinks. Proper maintenance will not only prolong the life of the restoration, but will also help to prevent problems elsewhere in your mouth.