Care of your temporary crown
Care of your permanent crown
What was done today?
Today you had an impression for a crown, a bridge or an inlay/onlay. This restoration is bonded directly to your tooth for increased strength. If you had a temporary placed, it will be used to minimize tooth sensitivity and to prevent shifting of the surrounding teeth while your custom restoration is being made.
What should I expect after the appointment?
Since most crowns, bridges or inlays fit below the gumline, discomfort in this area is likely. This should last only 1 to 2 days. Sensitivity to hot and cold is also possible. Pressure sensitivity during chewing could indicate a bite problem. Adjusting the bite will easily correct this.
How should I care for my temporary?
Your temporary is held on by weak cement. Please follow these directions:
- Avoid any sticky or hard foods.
- Chew on the opposite side of where the temporary is located.
- Brush the temporary like your other teeth but do not floss.
- If the temporary comes loose, place it back on your tooth and call us for an appointment.
Choosing the right color
Matching the color of your new restoration to your adjacent teeth is extremely important. Sometimes this is difficult, so I ask my lab technician to select a shade or color. Please wait a few days before going to the lab to get the shade selected and call in advance to make sure they're open.
How do I care for my customized restoration?
It may take a few days after the final cementation to get used to the new restoration. If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced, call for a simple adjustment. Proper brushing and flossing are necessary to help retain your final restoration. The only area that this tooth can decay is around the edges of the restoration.
If any unusual symptoms arise or if you have any questions, please feel free to call Dr. Andow anytime at 303.799.1525 (office) or 720.482.9530 (home).