Congratulations on beginning the stages of rehabiliating your teeth with crowns or bridge(s). After your teeth have been prepped, there are a few things you should know:
- Your temporaries are cemented with temporary cement. They are meant to come off easily.
- If your temporaries come off and you are unable to come into the office, place either sugarless gum, vaseline, toothpaste or denture adhesive in the temporary. This will hold for a few hours. You will have to repeat this process until you are able to come into the office.
- The prepped area(s) will be sore for a while. Rinsing with warm salt water and keeping the area clean will help alleviate some of the soreness.
- When flossing with the temporary on, pull it through, do not pop it up. This will dislodge the temporary.
- Be sure to return for permanent cementation. Delaying cementation can cause further damage to the prepped tooth/teeth as well as all adjacent and opposing teeth.
- Once your permanent crown/bridge has been cemented there may still be some soreness. Rinse twice a day with warm salt water and continue to keep this area clean, especially between the teeth. Floss or an interdental brush can be used to accomplish this.
- If it feels like the teeth on the crown/bridge are touching before any other teeth, your crown/bridge may need to be adjusted. Do not try to "get used" to the feeling. Return to the office as soon as possible for an adjustment.
- Delaying an adjustment can lead to further damage and trauma to the crowned/bridged tooth.
Temporary cementations and adjustments do not need an appointment. These procedures are important to be done in a timely matter. We want to make sure we assist you in the investment you have made.