Temporaries: Crowns, Bridges & Veneers

Your treatment today consisted of the placement of one or more temporary restorations.  This means you will see an immediate but not final result, which may include a whiter, straighter smile and stronger teeth. It is essential that this temporary restoration be in place for the entire time before you receive your permanent crown, bridge or veneers. It is meant to protect your prepared tooth and to maintain the space and position of your teeth. Drifting of the teeth can occur if the temporary is left off, even for a short time. This could also cause the final crown not to fit, resulting in more costly treatment.
 
Anesthetic

  • If an anesthetic was administered for your treatment, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.  Avoid any chewing and hot foods or liquids until the numbness has completely worn off.  It is easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while numb.
  • It is recommended that you take some Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) before the anesthetic completely wears off.  This will help with any swelling or pain at the injection sites where your anesthetic was administered. 

Pain & Discomfort
  • After the procedure you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. To reduce swelling, apply an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas to the area for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off for 4 hours.
  • Take pain medications as prescribed. Do not take medications that you are allergic to.  If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.
  • If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, please call our office immediately. 
  • Your tooth may be sensitive to temperature, pressure and even certain types of food or sweets. The sensitivity may only last for 3 - 5 days.


Diet
  • Your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment because of the anesthetic.  Avoid chewing and hot foods or liquids until the numbness has completely worn off.  It is easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while numb.
  • Avoid all crunchy, tough or hard foods, such as: ice, popcorn, chewing gum, hard candy, mints, lozenges, nuts, peanut brittle, hard edges of pizza, tortilla chips, etc., which could dislodge or break the crown.
  • Whenever possible, try to chew on the opposite side from the tooth with the temporary until you have a permanent crown in place. Avoid putting strain of any kind on the treated tooth.
Oral Hygiene
  • Your gum tissue may be tender for a short time after treatment. Rinse with warm salt water (1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup of warm water) 2-3 times a day to get relief from any soreness and to help keep the treated area clean and free of any debris.
  • Occasionally, a small amount of unhealthy or excessive gum tissue may have been removed with a laser. If so, do not disturb the area for 8 hours, except for rinsing as explained above. After this time period, gentle brushing is recommended.
  • Do not brush or floss too vigorously around your temporary crown. Remember it is important to keep the area clean—but use caution and a gentle touch. If you are able to floss, remove the floss by gently pulling it out to the side (toward your cheek) rather than pulling it up between the teeth, as this could dislodge the temporary.
Follow Up Treatment
  • Your treatment is not complete until the permanent crown is placed.  It is extremely important that you return for your scheduled appointment to complete treatment.  A longer delay can result in shifting teeth, alterations in your bite, and changes in the gums, causing the permanent crown not to fit.  This would require starting over, which would be very costly to you.  You can avoid this potential extra expense by completing your treatment as soon as possible.
  • Temporary crowns are not meant to keep out tooth decay for an extended period of time. By the time you felt anything wrong, the decay could have advanced deep enough to require root canal treatment, or even loss of your tooth.  The success of your treatment depends on keeping all of your scheduled appointments and maintaining your home care as explained by your Dentist. 
Important
  • If it seems that the temporary contacts before your other teeth when you chew or close, or contacts heavier than your other teeth, it can make the tooth sensitive.  Please call our office for a bite adjustment as soon as possible.
  • Temporary crowns are not strong. They may occasionally break or become dislodged. If this happens, please contact our office immediately, bring your crown with you and we will replace it. If you are unable to contact us, replace the temporary crown on your tooth as soon as possible using denture adhesive (available at the pharmacy) to hold it in place until you can contact us.

 You cannot put your temporary back on incorrectly because it will only fit one way. Caution: If the temporary crown seems as though it will not stay in place securely, do not wear it when you sleep.



 
Following most dental procedures there may or may not be pain, depending on the patient’s threshold of pain.  You will be provided with a prescription for appropriate medication for discomfort.  In most cases, a non-narcotic pain regimen will be given consisting of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin).  If a narcotic has been prescribed, follow the directions carefully.  If you have any questions about these medications interacting with other medications you are presently taking, please call our office, your physician and/or your pharmacist.


IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CONDITION, NOTIFY DR MORRIS OR A MEMBER OF OUR OFFICE STAFF BY CALLING OUR OFFICE AT (780) 790-0088.  For emergencies after hours, please call Northern Lights Regional Health Centre at  (780) 791-6161