Post Operation Patient Care Instructions
Post-Op: Crown and Bridge Work
ACTIVITY: After leaving our office today, we
suggest you consider relaxing or at least limiting your activity
for an hour or two. Avoid strenuous activity and all aerobic
exercise today such as running, tennis, lifting weights etc.
DISCOMFORT: It is normal to experience some
hot, cold or pressure sensitivity after each crown and bridge
appointment. Your gums may also be sore for several days. To reduce
soft tissue soreness, you may rinse your mouth 2-3 times per day
with warm salt water (1/4 tsp. of salt in a cup of warm
water). Generally, 400 to 800mg Ibuprofen (i.e. two to four
over-the-counter tablets of Advil, Motrin, or generic ibuprofen)
every six hours, is all that is needed for post-operative soreness.
If you have an allergy or sensitivity to Ibuprofen, or have been
advised not to use it, you may take up to 1000mg of Acetaminophen
(i.e. three regular Tylenol tablets or two extra-strength Tylenol
tablets) every six hours.
ORAL HYGIENE: It is important to continue to
brush normally to keep the area clean. You may carefully floss a
temporary crown or bridge by pulling the floss down through the
contact then straight out. Do not floss up and down as usual
as this may dislodge the temporary crown.
EATING AND DRINKING: After each appointment
when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be
numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing
until the numbness has completely worn off. To help keep your
temporary in place, avoid eating sticky and hard foods, and if
possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. If
your bite does not feel balanced and even please call our
TEMPORARY CROWN: Temporary crowns are in
place for about 3 weeks while the permanent crown is being made.
The temporary protects the tooth and holds the position until the
permanent crown can be cemented. Occasionally, temporary crowns
come off. Call us if this happens and keep the temporary so we can
re-cement it. A tooth with an intact nerve (no root canal) may be a
little sensitive after a crown preparation has been completed. This
is normal and is to be expected.
PERMANENT CROWN: Your permanent crown is
checked for fit and then cemented. You can eat on your crown
immediately. It is not uncommon for the permanent crown to be
a little cold sensitive for a few weeks afterwards. A balanced bite
is important so please be sure to inform us if you feel you have a
"high" bite. It is also important to have your new crown
checked regularly and cleaned at your hygiene appointments.
If your bite feels uneven, your temporary falls off, or you have
any other questions or concerns, please call our Binghamton office
at 724-1389, or our Endicott office at 754-3080.