Dental crowns and bridges are some of the most common dental restorations used to restore or replace damaged or missing teeth. Getting a bridge or a crown involves two visits to Quest Dentistry. Our dentist will prepare the tooth during the first visit by removing decay and shaping it to fit the crown.
An impression of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab to fabricate the custom crown. A temporary crown is placed on the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made. During the second visit, the permanent crown is cemented in place.
Following good dental crown aftercare is crucial to ensure that your crowns and bridges function correctly and last long.
Tooth Crown Aftercare
After your permanent restorations, our dentist will give you a dental crown and bridge aftercare program. Here are some general guidelines for temporary and permanent crown aftercare:
- Avoid biting hard or sticky foods until the cement has fully set. After that, avoid using your crowned tooth to bite down on hard objects or foods.
- For the first few days, avoid hot or cold foods and beverages that could cause sensitivity in the crowned tooth.
- Floss your teeth daily, but take care when flossing around the crown to avoid dislodging it.
- If you grind your teeth, talk to our dentist about getting a nightguard to protect your teeth and the crown.
- Always follow our dentist’s instructions for optimal healing and maintenance of your dental crown.