Patient Care Instructions for Temporary Crowns, Bridges and Veneers
Your tooth or teeth have been prepared for crown, bridge or veneer restoration. While we are waiting for the permanent restoration to arrive from the laboratory, a temporary restoration has been placed to help cover your tooth and protect it from sensitivity. The temporary restoration also helps to keep teeth from drifting or changing position in your mouth. The temporary restoration may feel rough to your tongue and does not look as nice as the permanent restoration will.
On the day of your procedure — be careful eating.
When an anesthesic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lips while you are numb. It is recommended that you take 2 tablets (400mg) of ibuprofen before the anesthesia completely wears off. This will help with any swelling or pain at the injection sites where anesthesia was administered. It will also help diminish any swelling in the nerve that may exist. Do not take ibuprofen on an empty stomach. Do not eat anything sticky, hard or chewy as this may pull the temporary off or break it.
It is normal to experience some sensitivity after the appointment.
It is normal to experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Your gums may be sore for several days. Rinse your mouth three times a day with a warm salt water to reduce pain and swelling. Patients with hypertension should avoid rinsing with salt water; a substitute of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water can be used. Be careful brushing and avoid flossing adjacent to the temporary restoration. Once the permanent restoration is placed, you may brush and floss normally.
Patient Care Instructions for Permanent Crowns, Bridges and Veneers
Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When your bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed, it takes several days for you to become comfortable with the new position or thickness of your teeth. Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You will adapt and be speaking normally soon. You may notice increased salivary flow. This should subside to normal within a week or so. After a week, if your bite feels uneven or if you have any pain, please call our office for an appointment to adjust your bite.
It is important to change habits to protect your new teeth. Any food that could chip, crack, or damage your natural teeth can do the same to your new cosmetic restorations. Avoid sticky candies or any unusually hard foods such as peanut brittle or ice. Avoid foods that stain, such as tea, coffee, red wine and berries. Smoking will quickly yellow your teeth. If you grind or clench your teeth at night or engage in sports so we can make you a custom mouth guard.
Special Note: Please be aware that a small percentage of teeth requiring any type of treatment may require root canal therapy in the future. This may be necessary even if the tooth does not have any symptoms or had not been bothering you in the past.
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