Crown & Bridge

Post-Operative Instructions Following Crown & Bridge:

WHAT TO EXPECT: Crown and bridges usually take two or more appointments to complete depending on each patient’s needs.  On the first appointment the teeth are prepared. After the first appointment, the gums may be very tender and we recommend rinsing with warm salt-water to help reduce pain and swelling of the gums. Depending on the gum health, we may need additional appointments to take the final impression for the final product.  Meanwhile  a temporary crown or bridge is placed on the prepared teeth for protection while the custom restoration is being fabricated in the lab.

ANAESTHETIC: After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.  Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.

IF THE TEMP COMES OFF: On rare occasions, temporary crowns may come off.  Call us if this happens, and keep the temporary so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the proper fit of your final restoration that temporaries stay in place.

SENSITIVITY: It’s normal to experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after each appointment.  Your gums may be sore for several days. Rinse every 2 hours with warm salt water (1 tsp. of salt in a cup of warm water, rinse-swish-spit) to reduce pain and swelling. Use medication as directed.

FOODS TO AVOID: To help keep your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum) . It’s important to continue to brush normally, but floss very carefully and remove the floss from the side to prevent removal of the temporary crown.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, if you have pro-longed sensitivity, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at MirrorDentistry at (780) 489-9809, or email