Crown & Bridge/Inlay & Onlay Instructions
Dentist in Columbia, MD
Your lips, teeth, cheek and/or tongue may be numb for several hours after the procedure. To avoid injury, you should avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue, cheek or lip while you are numb.
Sore Gums or Jaw
Irritation to the gum tissue can occur from dental work. Rinsing your mouth 2-3 times per day with a warm saltwater rinse (1/2 tsp salt mixed with 8 oz. of warm water) can help alleviate discomfort. Injection sites can be sore for several days after your appointment. Over-the-counter pain medications work well to alleviate the tenderness.
Bite is Uneven
If your bite feels uneven, please call our dental office so we can make a quick adjustment to the restoration. Do not assume your bite will get better after time. The tooth may become irritated and a toothache may occur if this adjustment is not done where necessary. It may also cause an increase in temperature sensitivity with the tooth.
It is normal to experience some sensitivity to heat, cold, sweets and pressure after your appointment. This sensitivity may last from several weeks to several months after your appointment. Usually, the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth will be. Again, make sure that your bite feels even.
Foods to Avoid with the Temporary
Avoid eating chewy and sticky foods, such as gum, taffy, licorice, etc. Also, try not to eat hard foods directly on the temporary as it may fracture. It is best, if possible, to chew on the opposite side from the tooth that was worked on to avoid dislodging the temporary.
Why Do I Need a Temporary?
While the custom restoration is being made, temporaries serve to protect the teeth and to help minimize temperature sensitivity. In addition, they help to prevent movement of the adjacent and opposing teeth so that the final restoration will fit properly.
What to do if the Temporary Falls Off
Occasionally, a temporary crown may come off fracture. Call us if this occurs and bring your temporary to the office so that we may re-cement or repair it. If the temporary comes off during off-hours or if you are out-of-town, drug stores sell recementing products.
Brush & Floss Near the Temporary
You may brush your teeth and temporary as usual using a soft toothbrush. Floss your temporary crown carefully, unless otherwise directed. Do not pull up/down on the floss as this ma dislodge or loosen the temporary. Instead, pull the floss out from the side of the temporary. If a temporary bridge was placed, use a floss threader.
Please do not hesitate to contact our dental office if you have concerns.