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After Crowns / Bridges / Veneers / Inlays & Onlays

Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips, and roof of the mouth may be numb.  Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is also possible to bite your cheek or tongue while you are numb, which creates discomfort for you.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.  If  the temporary is lost over a weekend, get a tube of denture adhesive from the drug store and put a small portion in the temporary crown and place it back on the tooth.  This interim measure will get you through until we can recement it for you.

To keep your temporary crown in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary, but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at (407) 855-7380.