Dental Crowns & Bridges Post-Op Instructions
Today you were fitted for a crown (cap) bridge/veneer. You may continue to feel numb for 2 to 3 more hours. Please be careful of what you eat and drink so that you do not burn your mouth or bite your tongue or cheek. We recommend drinking cold or lukewarm liquids through a straw, or eating soft foods like ice cream or yogurt. Your gums may feel sore and your tooth may ache when the numbness wears off. If you don't normally have adverse reactions (stomach problems, interactions with other medications, or allergies) you may take ibuprofen (i.e. Advil). Take 400-800 mg before the numbness wears off. You may continue to take up to 800mg, three times a day, for three days, if needed. If discomfort persists longer than three days, please contact Our team. If you are unable to take ibuprofen, please consult with Our team before leaving our office.
While you are wearing your temporary restorations, please avoid eating sticky foods, chewing gum, and eating hard crunchy foods in the area that was worked on. We suggest you avoid very hot liquids, because they can loosen the intermediate cement holding the temporary on your tooth.
Care of gums and teeth:
Your gums and the injection site may feel sore for a few days. We recommend warm saltwater rinses after every meal or five times per day. If you were given a prescription rinse, follow these instructions: Rinse with one half ounce at bedtime for 30 seconds and expectorate. Do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after rinsing. Doing this for the duration of wearing the temporary will help soothe the gums and prepare them for the permanent crown/bridge/veneer.
If you have jaw or injection site soreness, use a cold compress on your face for the first 24 hours. If the soreness persists, use warm compresses on the area and eat a soft diet. It should feel better in 4 to 5 days. If you have any questions, or you feel it is not getting better, please call the office.
It is important to keep the treatment area clean. Continue to brush and floss your teeth pulling the floss through and not up at the site of the temporary tooth covering. If you pull the floss up, it may pull your temporary off the tooth.
If the temporary should come off:
It is not often, but occasionally, temporaries will come off. If it does, it must be put back on, not only to protect the tooth but also to save space for the permanent crown. If you would like to do this yourself, look inside and make sure there are no tooth structures exposed. If you see any tooth structures (the tooth portion that the temporary covered), call our Marietta dental office immediately. If all is OK, loosen the cement with a toothpick and blow on the inside to clean it out. Try the temporary on so you know how it fits. Do not force the temporary back onto the tooth. Mix equal amounts of Vaseline and talcum powder to a paste. Thinly line the inside of the temporary and place gently back on the tooth. You can also use a denture adhesive such as Fixodent or Polygrip as an alternative to Vaseline and talcum powder. If you do not feel comfortable with this procedure, please contact us for an appointment so we can re-cement it for you. If it is a day our office is closed and the tooth is not sensitive, you may wait until the next business day. However, it is important that the temporary be re-cemented within one or two days.
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