Post-operative Instructions for Crowns and Bridges

  • Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete.
  • On the first appointment the teeth are prepared. Provisional crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. After each appointment when anaesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.
  • Avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
  • On rare occasions provisional crowns come off. Call us if this happens, and keep the provisional so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the proper fit of your final restoration that the provisional stays in place.
  • It’s normal to experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. Your gums may be sensitive for several days. Rinse three times a day with warm salt water (a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, rinse – swish – spit) to reduce pain and swelling. Use medication only as directed.
  • To help keep your provisional in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum), hard foods and if possible chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
  • It’s important to continue to brush normally, but floss very carefully and remove the floss from the side to prevent removal of the provisional crown.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or you have any other questions or concerns, please call Centre Street Dental on 6662 8585