Crown and Bridge Home Care Instructions

Following Tooth Preparation:

  • Sensitivity and tenderness of the tooth and surrounding gums is common for the first day or two after a tooth has been prepared for a restoration. If the tenderness or sensitivity lasts longer than this and is not improving, please contact our office.

  • If anesthesia is used, avoid chewing, biting your lip/ cheeks/ tongue, and eating until the numbness wears off.

  • The final crown restoration is typically placed 2-4 weeks after the tooth is prepared. Do not post-pone this appointment for a long time to minimize the time you must wear a temporary restoration.

For Temporary Restorations:

  • Eat softer foods, and avoid foods that are particularly crunchy, sticky, chewy, or hard.

  • Carefully clean around the restoration, brushing and flossing daily. Be gentle when flossing, taking extra care not to loosen the temporary restoration. Slowly pulling the floss out by one end can help avoid putting too much pressure on the temporary.

  • If the temporary restoration becomes loose or breaks, please call us immediately.

After Final Restoration Placement:

  • Avoid chewing on hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for 24 hours in order to give time for the cement to fully bond.

  • Mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods is not unusual and should dissipate after a few weeks. If sensitivity lasts more than six weeks, please let the office know.

  • If you have pain when chewing on the tooth for longer than 6 weeks, please let the office know.

Ongoing Care:

  • Proper care of your restoration includes brushing your teeth after every sugary meal and snack, and flossing at least once a day before bedtime.

  • For bridges, we recommend using SuperFloss or another device to clean under the pontic unit every day.

  • Rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash with also help to remove any additional particles that may have been missed during brushing and flossing.

Please call our office if you have any questions regarding your treatment!

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All Smiles Dentistry

Phone: 212-777-1181


Address: 29 Washington Square West, 1C, New York NY 10011

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