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After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Crowns and bridges procedures can take 2 to 3 appointments to complete. After preparation of the teeth, temporary crowns or bridges are temporary cemented in place to protect the vitality of the teeth. In the event that the temporary crown comes off, please contact us promptly so that the crown can be re-cemented. Avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and chew on the opposite side of your mouth. You may experience mild sensitivities to temperatures and pressures after the first appointment. Please contact us if your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any questions or concerns.

Tooth Extraction

After the procedures, we ask that you bite down on gauze pads 30-45 minutes or until bleeding subsides. After the blood clot forms, it is important not to dislodge the clots. Therefore avoid rinsing vigorously, sucking through straws, smoking, drinking alcohol, and/or brushing extraction site(s). Place ice pack over extraction site(s) to minimize swelling and take pain medications as prescribed. Swelling usually subsides after 48 hours. Drink lots of fluids and try to stay on a soft diet for 1-2 days. Resume normal dental routine after 24 hours. Please contact us if you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 3-4 days, and/or reaction to the medication.

Fillings

When local anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the procedures. Avoid chewing and hot beverages until numbness wears off. Take 1 tablet of Ibuprofen (Motrin) every 3-4 hours as needed for pain or soreness near injection sites. You may chew on your composite filling as soon as the numbness wears off. Please contact us if your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, and/or if you have any questions or concerns.