Crowns and bridges usually take
two or three appointments to complete.
On the first appointment, the teeth are prepared. Temporary crowns or bridges
are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restorations are being made.
After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and
tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has
completely worn off.
On rare occasions, temporary crowns come off. Call your dentist if this
happens, and keep the temporary so it can be re-cemented. It's very important
for the proper fit of your final restoration that temporaries stay in place.
It's normal to experience some sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure after
Your gums may be sore for several days. Rinse three times a day with warm
salt water to reduce pain and swelling. Use medication only as directed.
To help keep your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially
gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your
It's important to continue to brush normally, but floss very carefully
and pull the floss out from the side to prevent pulling out the temporary
crown. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or you have
any other questions or concerns, please call your dentist's office.