How to Care for Your Temporary Crowns & Bridges
Crowns and bridges usually take several appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and a temporary restoration is placed. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is fabricated. 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 is completely worn off.
The temporary crown serves two purposes: it protects the prepared tooth underneath, and to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting.
Because “temporary” crowns are just that, please follow these precautions:
- Avoid foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky, and chewy. When in doubt, leave it out!
- Minimize use of the side of your mouth with the temporary crown.
- It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and do not pull up on the floss, this may dislodge the temporary crown. Instead, pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.
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 crown to stay in place, as it will prevent the other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.
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, call our office.