Congratulations! You have just had onlays, crowns or bridges cemented onto your teeth. You’re not alone, because these tooth restorations are a very common tool dentists use to maintain teeth that have extensive decay, fillings or fractures.
We workedvery hard to make sure your new tooth restoration not only fits, chews and looks great, but is a little work of art, a tooth sculpture! Below are instructions that will help you make sure that they’ll last a long time. (properly maintained dental crowns can last from five to 15 years, although some crowns have been known to last for upwards of 25 to 30 years).
After your visit
Do not eat until the numbness has worn off. Otherwise you can bite your cheeks, lips and tongue. If the numbness persists for more than 8 hours call us.
The area of injection may be sore for a few days. Warm water rinses can help alleviate this.
If your bite does not feel “right” is “high” or uncomfortable call us immediately. Do not try to “get used to it”. An incorrect bite can damage the new filling, the tooth or your TMJ joints.
Do not chew hard foods on the restorations for 24 hours from the time they were cemented - to attain optimum strength; the cement must mature for approximately 24 hours.
Don’t worry about mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods. This sensitivity will disappear gradually over a few weeks. Infrequently, sensitivity lasts longer than six weeks. Please notify us if this occurs.
To provide optimum longevity for your Onlays, crowns veneers or bridges and to prevent future dental decay and supporting tissue breakdown, please brush and floss after eating and before bedtime. Use a floss-threader under the bridge to remove food and plaque. Many patients have found the Oral-B Triumph pointy head to be very effective to clean under their bridges as well. If tooth decay is your problem, please ask us about our Tooth Decay Prevention Protocol.
The most significant reason for crown and bridge failure is inadequate return for a professional dental examination. When your gums are healthy, visit us at regular six-month intervals. (If you have or had gum disease 3 month intervals are appropriate to maintain gum health). Often problems that are developing around the restorations can be detected at an early stage and repaired easily. Waiting a longer time may require redoing the entire restoration or tooth loss.
Call us immediately if any one of these conditions occurs:
- A feeling of movement or looseness in the restoration.
- Sensitivity to sweet foods.
- A peculiar taste from the restoration site.
- Breakage of a piece of material from the restoration.
Sensitivity to pressure.