Your Trusted Dentist in Rochester Hills MichiganDr. Samer Obeid D.M.D. - Oakridge Dental Center
Instructions Following Crown Preparation
Anesthetic: You were numbed today for this procedure, so please wait until the numbing wears off before chewing, eating, or drinking. Please wait before ingesting anything hot especially, so you don’t run the risk of burning the inside of your mouth (2-2.5 hours).
Your Temporary Crown: The temporary crown that was placed today is made of soft acrylic, and attached with a weak adhesive purposely, so it can be easily removed when it comes time to place your permanent crown. This temporary does not reflect the actual color, shape, or fit of your permanent crown.
Eating: For the most part you may eat normally, but please chew anything hard or crunchy on the opposite side of your mouth than the temporary to prevent it from cracking or breaking. Also, avoid candies, gum, or anything sticky that could dislodge the temporary crown.
Brushing and Flossing: You may brush like normal around the temporary, but no flossing on either side of the tooth until the permanent crown is placed.
Soreness: It is normal for the area to be tender for the first couple of days after the procedure, to help you may put ½ a teaspoon of salt in warm water and rinse three times a day.
Sensitivity: Some sensitivity is normal at the site of the crown, it should subside in a few days after the procedure. If you are having more sensitivity after a week, please call our office. If you are a patient who grinds their teeth, you are more likely to have sensitivity for a longer period of time. After this procedure, please wear your night guard as instructed by Dr. Obeid to help reduce this sensitivity.
Adjustments: If you are feeling any sensitivity to biting or coldness, or if you feel like the temporary is “higher” than the rest of your teeth, let us know. It is a quick fix to adjust the bite of your temporary, and you do not have to be numbed for this.
Constant Pain: If you are experiencing a constant “hot and throbbing” feeling in the tooth without using it, or if there is a constant pain that lasts more than two days, call the office. You may have a deep cavity in the tooth that is affecting the nerve, and could possibly need a different procedure like a root canal.
After Your Permanent Crown Is Placed: The permanent crown will take about two weeks to be made and shipped back to us, so your appointment should be made after your crown prep appointment. This crown will be cemented with a much stronger and permanent adhesive, but should not be chewed on for 24 hours so it can set properly. You may eat 1-1.5 hours after your appointment; this is just the crucial initial time that the crown should be allowed to set without any eating whatsoever. There is no numbing in this appointment, so once the setting time has passed you may eat and drink like normal. It is important to be consistent with daily oral hygiene, brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help you protect the investment you have made in your tooth. There is still tooth structure where the crown ends, so decay is still possible underneath your permanent crown. As long as you take proper care of this crown, it could last you in perfect condition for several years.