Crown and Bridge

Crowns and bridges usually take 2 or 3 appointments to complete.  On the 1st appointment the teeth are prepared.  Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being fabricated.  After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours . Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.

On rare occasions temporary crowns come off.  Should this occur, call the office at (302) 421-9960 and keep the temporary so it can re-cemented.  It is very important for the proper fit of your final restoration that the temporary crown stay in place.

It is normal to experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after each appointment.  Your gums may be sore for several days.

Rinse 3 times a day with a saltwater solution (1 teaspoon salt + 8 ounces warm water)
to reduce pain and swelling.

Some discomfort is normal after the procedure.  To minimize pain, take Tylenol®, Advil®, or ibuprofen as directed on the label.  Take pain medication before the anesthesia wears off.  If prescription pain medication is prescribed, take it as instructed on the label  Do not exceed the dose on the label.  Taking pain medication with food or milk will help reduce upset stomach.  Do not drink alcohol and avoid driving or operating heavy machinery when taking prescription pain medications.  

To help keep the temporary crown in place, avoid eating sticky foods especially gum and hard foods.  If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.  It is important to continue to brush normally, but floss very carefully and remove the floss from the side to prevent accidental removal of the temporary crown.

If your bite feels uneven or if you experience persistant pain, call the office at (302) 421-9960.