Crowns and Bridges

Crowns/Bridges

  • Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the side that is numb (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off.
  • Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure from this procedure.
  • Your gum tissue may also be tender. This is COMPLETELY normal.
  • The more invasive the procedure, the more sensitivity you may experience. The possible symptoms of hot, cold or pressure will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks.
  • In a very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better (not staying the same, or getting worse) everything is fine. There is no need for concern. You have been given a prescription of ibuprofen (Motrin). This IS NOT for pain. Ibuprofen is to reduce the inflammation in the area worked on, and will further eliminate hot, cold and pressure sensitivity if taken as directed.
  • If you are allergic to or cannot tolerate ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc) please advise us.
  • If discomfort continues for more than a couple of weeks, please call the office at 972-378-9747

Temporary Crown/Bridge

It is extremely important for the temporary crown/bridge to remain on the tooth until your permanent crown has been placed. If your temporary crown becomes loose, or comes off at any time, please call the office immediately. Your tooth can shift within a few hours if your temporary is left off which can inhibit the placement of your permanent crown. You may also experience sensitivity if your temporary comes off.

Please note: With your temporary, avoid hard and chewy foods. (Such as ice, hard candy, gum, taffy) These have been known to pull temporaries off of the prepared tooth.

If your temporary comes off or becomes loose, please gently replace your temporary back onto your prepared tooth and call the office. (You cannot put your temporary back on incorrectly, it will only fit one way).

It is important to floss your temporary as usual, however, instead of pulling the floss back up through the teeth, release one end of the floss and pull it through the side of the tooth.

Once the anesthesia has worn off and you feel as though any of the teeth that have been worked on are hitting first, please give the office a call immediately. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.