Crowns and bridges are not done in a single appointment. Expect it to take 2-3 appointments to complete the entire process. That said, you will be fitted with a temporary crown on the first appointment, after impressions of your teeth are taking for the permanent crowns.
Some things to keep in mind about bridges and crowns include:
- Your teeth may feel sensitive and the gum may be sore while wearing the temporary crown. This should go away when you have the permanent crowns placed.
- If anesthesia was used, don’t chew anything until you have feeling back to your mouth.
- Chew on the opposite side of your mouth while wearing the temporary crown, if at all possible. Stay away from hard and sticky foods which may break the plastic or thin metal the temporary crown is made from. If your temporary crown breaks or falls out call our office immediately.
- There may be some sensation of pressure after having your permanent bridge or crown placed. This can last a few days, but if it goes on longer you should call our office. Also give us a call if your bite is uneven, though it might feel a bit different after the permanent is placed. If you are even slightly concerned, give us a call. Adjustments must be made as quickly as possible to avoid damage to the tooth.
- You should brush and floss as usual, but be very gentle flossing the teeth with temporary crowns.
If you are in pain or have any concerns at all, just give us a call!