Education | Crown and Bridge

Crowns and Bridges Instructions

Generally crowns and bridges take two appointments, on rare occasions they may take more. The first appointment is similar to a filling appointment. You should be careful not to bite your lips, cheek, or tongue if you choose to eat prior to the anesthetic wearing off. You may experience mild sensitivity, gum soreness and general discomfort on the tooth/teeth. Ibuprofen should help with this. The discomfort should subside after the placement of the permanent crown(s).

The temporary crown that was placed on your tooth may come off or break. If that happens be sure to save it and call our office. The temporary crown is placed on the tooth to protect the tooth and prevent the movement of the neighboring teeth. In order to prevent losing your temporary, do not chew on sticky or hard foods until your permanent crown has been cemented.

Continue your normal brushing but be very careful while flossing around the temporary crown(s). You will want to remove the floss through the side as instructed at the time of the placement of your temporary. If you have difficulties getting the floss between the temporary and the surrounding teeth, refrain from flossing until you receive the permanent crown. At that time, resume daily flossing.

After the permanent crown/bridge is placed you may feel a slight pressure for a few days. Because you have adjusted to the feel of the temporary your bite may also feel different for a few days. If after two or three days your bite still feels uneven or you feel discomfort when chewing on the tooth call our office.

If you have any other questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call our office.