Crown/Bridges/Onlays Post - Op
HOW LONG WILL I BE NUMB?
Your lips,teeth, cheek and/or tongue may be numb for serveral hours after the procedures. To avoid injury, you sould avoid anu chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has complete worn off. It is very easy to bute or burn your tounge, cheek, lip while you are numb.
ITS IS NORMAL FOR MY NUMS OR JAW TO BE SORE?
Irratation to the gum tissue can occur from dental work. Rinsing your mouth 2-3 times per day with 1/2 cup of warm saltwater can help alleviate discomfort. Injection sites can be sore for several days after your appointment. Over the counter pain medications workwell alleviate the tenderness.
MY BITE FEELS OFF, IS THIS NORMAL?
If your bite feels uneven, please call our office so we can make a quick adjestment to the temporary of final restoration. Do not assume your bite will get better after time. The tooth may become irrated and a toothache may a occur, if this is not done. It may also cause an increase in temperature sensitivity with the tooth
IS IT NORMAL FOR MY TOOTH TO BE SENSITIVE?
It is normal to experience some sensitivity to heat, cold, sweets, and pressure after your appointment. It is common for this sensitivity to last several months after treatment. Usually,deeper cavities will become more sensitive. Again make sure that your bite feels even.
WHAT FOOD SHOULD I AVOID WITH THE TEMPORARY?
Avoid eating chewy and sticky foods, such as gum, taffy, licorice, ect. Also try not to eat hard foods directly on the temporary as it may fracture. It is best , if possible, to chew on the opposite side from the tooth that was worked on to aviod dislodging the temporary.
WHY DO I NEED THE TEMPORARY TO STAY ON?
While the custom restoration is being made, tempoaries serve to protect the teeth and to help minimize temperature sensitivity. In addittion, they help to prevent movement of the adjacent and opposing teeth so that the final crown will fit properly.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THE TEMPORARY COMES OFF?
Occasionally, a temporary crown may come off or fracture. Call us if this occurs and bring in the temporary to he office so that we may recement or repair it.
CAN I BRUSH AND FLOSS AROUND MY TEMPORARY?
You may brush teeth and tempoary crown as usual using a soft toothbrush. Floss your temporary crown carefully. DO NOT PULL UP ON THE FLOSS as this may dislodge or loosen the temporary. Instead, pull the floss fron side of the temporary, If a temporary bridge was placed use a floss threader to clean underneath the bridge and pull the floss out through the side or front of the temporary.