Post Crown and Bridge Placement Instructions


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  • Now that your crown or bridge has been cemented there are a few things to expect and to care for. Initially, you may experience some sensitivity to cold as the tooth may be slightly irritated by the cement. Sensitivity toothpaste generally helps.

  • Also, if after a couple of days your “Bite” seems off or it just doesn’t feel normal, please call our office for a slight adjustment.

  • It is extremely important to maintain excellent oral hygiene with your new crown or bridge. Some people have the misconception that a crowned tooth no longer needs to be maintained. Crowns and bridges are still susceptible to decay near the gum-line the same as a natural tooth.

  • The crown strengthens the portion of the tooth above the gum-line but this margin area requires special care. Normal brushing and flossing is a must. Additional use of a fluoride rinse and a high fluoride content toothpaste or gel are excellent for preventing additional root decay. These additional aids are extremely important for a patient with a high decay rate and/or a history of periodontal disease.

  • Most all crowns and bridges have a ceramic outer layer or are all-ceramic. These materials are very strong and color stable, however, they still have the potential to fracture the same as a natural tooth. As a rule of thumb, don’t do anything with a crown or bridge that could damage a natural tooth.

  • Avoid Chewing Ice. The extreme temperature change greatly increases the fracture of porcelain and natural teeth.

  • Fixed bridges require addition cleaning under the pontic (Missing tooth). Since this “False tooth” is connected to the adjacent teeth a bridge threader is used to thread floss under it to remove plaque. These are readily available at most pharmacies.

  • We would be happy to demonstrate how to use them.