Quinsboro Dental Treatments
Dental Crown Aftercare
Because temporary dental crowns are just that — a temporary fix until a permanent crown is ready you should take the following precautions
• Avoid sticky, chewy foods (for example, chewing gum, caramel), which have the potential of grabbing and pulling off the crown.
• Minimize use of the side of your mouth with the temporary crown. Shift the bulk of your chewing to the other side of the mouth.
• Avoid chewing hard foods (such as raw vegetables), which could dislodge or break the crown.
• Slide flossing material out-rather than lifting out-when cleaning your teeth. Lifting the floss out, as you normally would, might pull off the temporary crown.
• Gums may be sore for a while after treatment. Keep the area as clean as possible and you can soak (hold the water in your mouth for a while) and rinse gently with warm salted water
• Temporary crowns are not strong – they may occasionally break or come away. If this occurs, contact us immediately, bring your crown with you and we will replace it. If you cannot reach us, you can buy some dental adhesive from a pharmacist to fix the crown back in place at home, until you can visit us.
• If your temporary crown does not feel secure do not wear it while you sleep.
When your final crown/onlay/bridge has been fitted, the same rules apply; do not chew hard or sticky foods on the crown site for 24 hours from the time they are cemented. The cement must mature to have optimum strength. You can, however, brush and floss as usual.
If you have received a local anesthetic, do not eat anything or take hot drinks until you are no longer numb. You may, if you wish, take over the counter painkillers before the anesthetic wears off.
Soak and gently rinse the area with warm salted water 2 /day for at least 5 days.
If you received a final bridge, you were instructed on how to clean underneath the replacement tooth or teeth using a floss threaded or super-floss. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us. It is important to clean under the bridge area regularly to avoid future tooth decay or gum soreness.
What Problems Could Develop With a Dental Crown?
• Discomfort or sensitivity. Your newly crowned tooth may be sensitive immediately after the procedure as the anesthetic begins to wear off. If the tooth that has been crowned still has a nerve in it, you may experience some heat and cold sensitivity. If sensitivity occurs, brush with SensodyneTM toothpaste – it should only last a few days.
• Pain or sensitivity that occurs when you bite down usually means that the crown is too high on the tooth. If this is the case, you should call us on 01 2860491 and we will adjust he tooth.
• Chipped crown. Crowns made of all porcelain can sometimes chip. If the chip is small, a composite resin can be used to repair the chip with the crown remaining in your mouth. If the chipping is extensive, the crown may need to be replaced.
• Loose crown. Sometimes the cement washes out from under the crown. Not only does this allow the crown to become loose, it allows bacteria to leak in and cause decay to the tooth that remains. If a crown feels loose, contact us to get it seen.
• Crown falls off. Sometimes crowns fall off. While unusual, if this should happen, clean the crown and the front of the tooth. You can replace the crown temporarily using dental adhesive or temporary tooth cement that is sold in pharmacies. Contact us as soon as possible to be seen. We may be able to re-cement the crown in place; if not, a new crown will need to be made.
• Allergic reaction. Because the metals used to make crowns are usually a mixture of metals, an allergic reaction to the metals or porcelain used in crowns can occur, but this is extremely rare.
• Dark line on crowned tooth next to the gum line. A dark line next to the gum line of your crowned tooth is normal, particularly if you have a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown. This dark line is simply the metal of the crown showing through.