Post-operative Care for Crown, ¾ Crown and Bridge

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Post-operative Care for Crown, ¾ Crown and Bridge


After a crown preparation, some discomfort is normal. Dental work on a tooth is traumatic to the area and needs time to heal and settle down. The body’s response to a procedure is to send blood to the area to help with healing. With respect to teeth the body usually over responds. When you traumatize other areas of your body your tissue can swell, but a tooth is rigid and cannot swell. This can cause discomfort in the tooth that is felt as a dull ache, pain to biting or sensitivity to temperature or sweets. Most of the time this pain will lessen over the time when have your temporary crown. If the pain does not subside within 3 days, please call the office.

Care of temporary crow

With a temporary crown please avoid anything too hard or sticky, this may break or dislodge the crown.  Please avoid flossing in the area, this may also remove the temporary.  If you must floss, gently clean, but pull the floss out through the side, not back through the contact.

If a temporary comes off?

You may use some temporary cement from Walgreens if you wish to do it yourself.  If you have any concerns feel free to call and we will re-cement the temporary.

If a temporary breaks?

Call the office and we will gladly make you a new one.

If your tissue is sore?

During a crown prep there is usually some trauma to the surrounding tissue.  This usually will heal completely with a couple days, if you wish you could rinse with warm salt water in the area (one teaspoon in 8 oz. warm water).  

At the site of injection, for the local anesthetic, there can be some bruising and swelling of the tissue.  This can sometimes cause discomfort that lasts for a few days, just like a bruise on any part of your body.  This occurs more often when working on lower teeth.

If your jaw is sore?

Any dental procedure keeps your mouth open for an extended period and can cause soreness and stiffness in the jaw joint (TMJ) and surrounding muscles.  If this occurs, avoid chewing hard foods or opening your mouth extremely wide.  Ice packs can be used if necessary.


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