Temporary Crowns and Bridges
Thank you for trusting us with your recent crown/bridge preparation. We look forward to seeing you again to cement your lab fabricated crowns and bridges. You have just had a temporary crown or bridge cemented in your mouth. This temporary will need to remain in place until your crown or bridge returns from the lab. Your final restoration will be shaped better than the temporary to match your teeth in both color and function. The cement used is not as strong as the permanent cement used. Therefore, please observe the following cautions and general guidelines.
- Anesthetic Effects: Your anesthetic may last several hours. Please be careful not to bite your lips, cheeks or tongue while they are.
- Feel of your Bite: Your bite will feel different for approximately 3 – 4 days. Your tongue will magnify the tooth shape difference and this too will accommodate itself in approximately 3 – 4 days. If it is still uncomfortable after a week, please contact us so we can make an appointment to adjust your restoration.
- Sensitivity: Don’t worry about mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods as this sensitivity will disappear gradually over a few weeks. Please notify us if you have long term sensitivity or sensitivity that lingers for some time after you swallow. Sometimes sensitivity may go away after we adjust your bite. Use fluoride gel as advised by us. (This requires a prescription.)
- Problems: Call us immediately if any of these conditions occurs:
- Sensitivity which progressively gets worse
- Sensitivity to pressure.
- If the temporary should come loose, push it back in place and call our office as soon as possible. We still need to cement it back with the temporary cement.
- If the temporary comes completely out, you may place a tiny spot of Vaseline or toothpaste in the crown and place it back in. It is VERY important to protect the tooth until your final dental work can be cemented in place. Also, if the temporary crown is not reinserted once removed, your new crown or bridge may not fit properly due to the shifting of your teeth. Call our office as soon as possible. We still need to cement it back with the temporary cement.
- Chewing: Do not chew hard foods on the restorations as they may fracture. Also, if you discover you are clenching or grinding your teeth, please inform us as we will arrange for a custom occlusal guard (i.e., Nightguard) to be fabricated. If you feel your bite does not adjust on its own in the next week, please call for an adjustment appointment.
- Brushing and Flossing: Brush gently around the Temporary but DO NOT floss around the Temporary. Brush with an ultra-soft toothbrush at least two times a day.
- Rinsing: Use a fluoride rinse or non-alcoholic mouthwash. Swish vigorously for at least 30 seconds daily. Sodium fluoride is the only home fluoride that should be used. Certain mouthwash from brands such as Crest Pro-Health or Biotene do not contain alcohol. Alcohol softens bonding and weakens the bond of porcelain.
Please do not hesitate to call our Saratoga dental office at (408) 867-1800 if you have any questions concerning your temporary crown or bridge.