Post-Operative Instructions for Bridges & Crowns
After about 30 to 90 minutes, the effects of anesthesia will begin to wear off. You should avoid eating or chewing until your numbness disappears because it’s easy to bite down on your tongue or lip without feeling it.
Sensitivity after treatment is completely normal, especially to cold. During the first few days after treatment, avoid extremely hot or cold foods/drinks and use Sensodyne toothpaste with fluoride if you do experience sensitivity. It’s also normal to experience discomfort around the tooth, which can be managed with Tylenol or other over-the-counter pain medications. For tender gums, rinse your mouth with ½ teaspoon of salt mixed into 8 oz. of warm water.
It’s important to avoid sticky or crunchy foods if you have a temporary restoration because they’re made of acrylic or thin plastic. You should also avoid biting directing into items like apples or sandwiches because they could loosen your restoration. Instead, try chewing with your back teeth and using a knife to cut food into smaller portions.
If your restoration feels too high, or needs adjustments, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office. If you put off another dental visit, it could result in even more pain, discomfort, and oral health issues.
Be sure to brush your temporary restoration daily, and when flossing, slide the floss carefully from in between the teeth instead of lifting it. If your restoration becomes loose, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office. If you’re unable to come in, use a small amount of denture adhesive on the inside or the crown or bridge to support it temporarily.
Final Crown or Bridge
Once the final restoration is restored, maintain a good oral healthcare routine of daily brushing and flossing. You should also avoid habits like nail biting, chewing on ice cubes, or using your teeth for anything other than chewing and speaking. If sensitivity occurs, use Sensodyne toothpaste with fluoride.
Sometimes, the dental pulp of the tooth may become damaged after a restoration is placed. If this is the case, you will need further treatment, which is usually root canal therapy.
Additionally, be sure maintain routine visits to our dental office for checkups and cleanings to ensure your restorations are healthy and functioning. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today!