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 and hold teeth in position while the custom restoration is being made.  

Use Caution Immediately after appointment

When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.

Until the numbness has completely work off, avoid:

  • any chewing
  • hot beverages

It is very easy to bite or burn your lip or tongue while you are numb.

Temporary Crown

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us immediately 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.

Additional CautionsTo keep your temporaries in place:

  • Avoid sticky foods such as gum, caramels, etc.
  • Avoid hard foods such as nuts or peanut brittle
  • chew on the opposite side of your mouth.

It is important to brush normally. Daily flossing is very important, but use caution. When flossing, don’t pull up on the floss but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown. Pulling up on the floss may cause the temporary to dislodge. 

SensitivityIt 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.

 Again it is very important to call us immediately if your temporary falls off.  Also, if your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at 925-689-2585