• Crowns

  • Crowns are meant to protect the part of the tooth that is seen above the gum line. They are placed there to strengthen the tooth or to enhance its appearance or size. They are also used to secure a bridge or finish a dental implant. There are a quite a few different kinds of crowns available, each serving a specific purpose. Our dentist can advise you on whether or not you will need a crown depending on the type of treatment you are receiving. Often a temporary crown is put in place until the permanent crown is made professionally in a dental lab so there is no worry of tooth being exposed. Crowns are made of different substances such as porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, metal or resin.

     

    Crown or Bridge Preparation

    • A temporary crown has been placed on your tooth to protect it until your permanent crown is placed. Avoid chewing on thje temporary crown for the first 24 hours after your appointment in order to allow the cement to set. We recommend you avoid eating until the anesthetic has worn off to prevent biting of tongue and cheeks. Also avoid very sticky or crunchy foods until your permanent crown is seated.
     
    • Continue regular flossing around the temporary crown. Remove floss by pulling from one side to slide it out instead of snapping floss back up between the teeth.
     
    • Your temporary crown is cemented with temporary cement. In the event it should fall off before your permanent crown seat appointment, please call the office to have the temporary crown recemented. It is important that the temporary crown is replaced as soon as possible to protect the tooth and avoid shifting of adjacent teeth.
     
    • If you are going our of town before your permanent crown is placed and are concerned about your temporary crown falling off while you are away, ask us for a sample of temporary cement so you can recement it yourself if necessary.
     
    • If you have a temporary bridge, please remember to clean under it as instructed.
     
    • It is normal to experience sensitive gums around the prepped toothfor a few days after the appointment. Use salt water rinses (1tsp salt disolved in 12 oz warm water) or apply over-the-counter analgesics such as Orajel. Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve may be taken for mild to moderate discomfort.
     
    • Please call our office if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your treatment.

     

    Crown or Bridge Seat

    • Chewing on a newly cemented crown or bridge should be avoided for the first 24 hours to allow cement to set completely.
     
    • Continue regular flossing around the new crown or bridge. However, for the first 24 hours, remove floss by pulling from one side to slide it out, instead of snapping floss back up between teeth. Use floss threaders or Superfloss to clean under bridges as instructed.
     
    • If you notice your crown or bridge feels "high", if it is the first tooth/teeth that touches when closing your mouth, please call our office for an adjustment appointment. It only takes a few minutes to polish the crown/bridge down, but it is very important that these adjustments be made to avoid future sensitivity of the tooth/teeth, risk of fracture, or jaw pain.
     
    • Please call our office if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your treatment.