Crown & Bridge Post-Op care


What to Expect after a Crown or Bridge Tooth Preparation

When damages to a tooth is extensive , it should be restored with a crown or also known as a cap. Crowns can be made from metals such as gold, palladium, titanium; or from porcelain or plastic polymers.  A fixed bridge is made from two or more crowns attached together to support and fill the space created from missing or extracted teeth.

During the preparation for a crown the defective structure of a tooth will be removed to make room for the crown materials. Then an accurate mold will be taken and sent to the dental laboratory to fabricate the final crown.  A second appointment is required to cement the crown permanently.

First appointment: Crown preparation-  Following the first appointment you will receive a temporary crown that is placed and cemented to the prepared tooth.  Because temporary cement washes out rapidly, you may experience some sensitivity to cold and hot.  Try to brush the area gently and when you floss, pull the floss out from the side rather than upward.  The rapid upward motion may dislodge the temporary crown.  If a temporary crown becomes loose or falls out, clean the temporary cement from the inside the crown, then apply vaseline inside the crown and place it back on the tooth.  Immediately call and come back to the office to get the crown either re-cemented or re-fabricated.

Second appointment: Final cementation  Following cementation of a crown or a fixed bridge, the tooth/teeth that received the crown may be sensitive to cold and hot.  This may be the results of chemical reaction between the final cement and the tooth.  The sensitivity usually subsides within a week or ten days.  You should make an adjustment appointment if the sensitivity persists or increases. We always make a check appointment a week after the final cementation of a crown to assure the excellent tissue reaction and to remove potential excess cement.  Avoid eating hard/sticky food on the side of the crown while the cement reaches its maximum strength (approximately 4-6 hours). A correctly fabricated crown or bridge should function as comfortably as your own tooth.