Crowns, Bridges and Veneers After Care
A temporary restoration is placed on your tooth or multiple teeth to serve as a short term solution – protecting and maintaining shape while your final restoration is being made. This temporary solution will ensure the final restoration will fit properly. Temporaries are not strong and are not firmly cemented. They are meant to function as they sound – “temporary”.
What to Expect After Treatment
After the final cementation of your restoration(s), it may take a few days to get used to your new crown, bridge or veneer. If your bite feels unbalanced, please call the office and Dr. Broering can do a simple adjustment.
Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a time following treatment. Avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages the first few days after restoration placement. It is normal to have discomfort in the gums around the tooth after the anesthesia used for the procedure wears off.
Crowns, bridges and veneers are very durable restorations that do not break down as fillings eventually do. However, the underlying tooth beneath the restoration is still vulnerable to decay, especially at the interface of the tooth and the crown. Please resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and mitigation of a sugary diet will increase the longevity of your new restorations.
Finally, patients who grind or clench their teeth typically have more postoperative problems. Expect more sensitivity and tenderness, as well as a longer recovery period. Properly designed night guards can help alleviate these problems.