Post-op Instructions: Crowns or Bridges

If you are having a crown done in two appointments, be careful with your temporary crown. Avoid sticky foods, hard foods and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but when you are flossing pull the floss out from the side instead of popping it out again. If your temporary crown comes off, please call us so we can recement it for you.

It is normal to experience temperature or pressure sensitivity after having a crown placed. In most cases if your tooth required a crown, it was not in optimal condition to begin with. Your tooth will need time to heal. If you have a bruxism splint, it would be good to wear it every night for a while. Over the counter pain medication may be used to ease your discomfort during this period.

If your “bite” does not feel right, please call our office to make an appointment. Having the tooth hit too hard can cause sensitivity and pain.

Remember that daily plaque removal is critical for the long term success of your dental work. Plaque that sits on the edges of your new crown could cause a cavity on the remaining natural tooth resulting in a failed restoration. Regular cleanings are also critically important.

Keep in mind that any foods that can chip, crack, or damage your natural teeth can do the same to your new restorations.

A custom nightguard (bruxism splint) may be recommended if you grind your teeth at night to help protect your new crown as well as all of your other teeth.

If you have any questions, please call us!