Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off. Your tooth may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure after this procedure and your gum tissue may also be tender. This is completely normal. The more invasive the procedure, the more sensitivity you may experience. The possible symptoms of hot, cold or pressure will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks. In a very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better (not staying the same, or getting worse) everything is fine. There is no need for concern.
It is extremely important for the temporary crown/bridge to remain on the tooth until we seat your permanent crown.
If your temporary crown becomes loose or comes off at any time, please call the office immediately. Your tooth can shift within a day if your temporary is missing, which can inhibit the placement of your permanent crown. You may also experience sensitivity if your temporary comes off.
Please note: With your temporary, avoid hard and chewy foods (such as ice, hard candy, gum, taffy). These are known to pull temporaries off the prepared tooth.
If your temporary comes off or becomes loose, please gently replace your temporary back onto your prepared tooth or place it in a plastic bag and call the office (you cannot put your temporary back on incorrectly because it will only fit one way).
It is important to floss your temporary. However, instead of pulling the floss back up through the teeth, release one end of the floss and pull it through the side of the tooth.
Once the anesthesia has worn off and you feel as though any of the teeth we worked on are hitting first, please give the office a call immediately. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.
The permanent crown is checked for fit and then cemented. It is not uncommon for the permanent crown to be hot/cold sensitive for several weeks afterwards , and occasionally a few months. Once again a balanced bite is important. Be sure to inform us if you have a “high” bite on any new crowns, bridges or veneers. The cement will be its strongest within 24 hours so be careful not to chew on anything really tough or sticky on the newly cemented restorations.
Permanent Veneers, Crowns and Bridges should have tight contacts to prevent food impaction. If you have a fracture of the porcelain or an open or loose contact, please make an appointment for an evaluation. Open contacts can lead to periodontal (gum) disease and dental decay over a period of time if not corrected.
It is important to floss the margins of crowns, bridges and veneers next to the gum line, below the contact area to prevent periodontal (gum) disease and dental decay even with perfectly fitting crowns, bridges and veneers. Remember you can still get decay under a perfectly fitting crown, bridge and veneer if you do not use meticulous daily home care including brushing and FLOSSING daily.
With regular professional dental cleanings and examinations the permanent crown, bridge or veneer should give you many years of service. Again, decay may occur around the edges of the crowns, bridges or veneers so it’s important to have these restorations checked and cleaned at a minimum of every six months.
Anesthetic: The anesthetic administered subsides after a few hours depending on the type of anesthetic, and on the individual. Be careful not to bite the tongue and the lip while numb.
Bleeding: After an extraction, gauze has been placed over the tooth socket to help control the bleeding. Keeping firm pressure for 35 to 45 min is important. Avoid chewing on the gauze. After the gauze is removed, there may be some oozing of the socket. A little bit of oozing is normal. However, if it looks like bleeding has not stopped, then the following should be done:
Contact us if you have any questions about your procedure or after care, we will be happy to help you.