AFTER CROWNS AND BRIDGES
AFTER CROWN AND BRIDGE APPOINTMENTS
Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. On the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.
Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.
To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.
It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.
HOW LONG WILL MY NEW DENTAL WORK LAST FOR?
This really depends on many factors, mainly biological. Scientific studies tell us that ceramic treatments can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. However, teeth that are crowned and veneered can still decay underneath if they are not properly cleaned and looked after. Diet can also play a big role, with high acid and sugar diets creating problems. For these reasons it is very important that you keep up your regular maintenance visits so that the teeth and gums can be thoroughly checked and cleaned, prolonging the lifespan of your dental work.
Porcelain crowns and veneers do NOT stain and will NOT change colour, however those who have had their natural teeth whitened need to be aware that results WILL fade over time and will require some maintenance in the future.
In patients with a very heavy bite, and those who grind or clench their teeth (particularly at night whilst sleeping), ceramic work can become damaged in the same way as natural tooth enamel. For this reason it is important to identify these types of habits beforehand, so that measures can be taken to protect the teeth, ensuring your work lasts as long as possible.