Temporary Crowns and Bridges

Today we have prepared your tooth/teeth for a crown/bridge. You have just received a temporary crown or bridge that is intended to protect your tooth/teeth for a short period of time until your new crown/bridge is made by the laboratory.

Temporary crowns are secured with light “TEMPORARY” cement. You will need to take care not to eat chewy or sticky foods that might pull it off. If the temporary does come off it will need to be put back on because the teeth will move and the final restoration will not fit, so please call our office right away. If you are where you cannot contact us, or you are unable to come in, you may use a little tooth paste as glue and put the temporary gently back on your tooth until you can come to the office. Please make sure you¬†DO NOT¬†remove the residual white cement inside the temporary crown.

The color of the temporary crown/bridge does not necessarily resemble that of the final restoration, it has been custom ordered to match your teeth.

It is not uncommon for some patients to have sensitivity while wearing a temporary. The sensitivity usually goes away after a few days.

It is very important that you keep the temporary clean. Please brush and floss regularly. You will need to floss differently around the temporary. Do not pull the floss up from between the teeth in a popping motion but slide it out from between them or you may pop off the temporary with the floss.

If you received local anesthetic today, please be careful until the numbness wears off, usually 4 hours, and you have full feeling back in your mouth before chewing or drinking anything hot. You may have some discomfort at the injection site or in the muscle. This discomfort usually does not last more than a few days, during that time an over the counter pain reliever of your choice can be taken. Keep in mind the discomfort can last for 3-7 days. If you experience prolonged numbness or discomfort, please call our office. Once the anesthetic wears off, please make sure your bite feels even. If the crown appears to hit first, we will need you to come in right away to adjust the bite.

If you have any questions or need further instructions, please call our office at 630-653-5152.

Thank you.

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