Please note that the presence of decay, cracks, fractures, or deep fillings in the tooth prior to treatment increases the likelihood of post-op discomfort and sensitivity to hot, cold, sweets and pressure. Before the anesthetic completely wears off, you may take 600 mg of Ibuprofen (Motrin, Nuprin, Advil) assuming you are not allergic or have any contradictory medical conditions. This medication may be useful for a few days to help minimize tooth and gum discomfort. If your gums are tender, dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of salt in an 8 ounce glass of warm water and gently rinse with portions of the solution, taking five minutes to use the entire glassful. Repeat as often as you like, but at least two or three times daily. In most cases, patients typically experience only mild discomfort after a tooth is prepared for a crown. This discomfort should gradually resolve over time as long as the nerve inside the tooth is healthy.
In the unlikely event that you experience severe or persistent pain associated with the tooth, please text the office at 1-844-756-1234 for additional advice and instructions. In the event of an emergency after hours call 1-619-722-8997
Diligent home care is required during this process to help maintain healthy gums. Brush along the gumline on both sides of your temporary crown to remove plaque and food debris. Floss around your temporary crown BUT slide it out to the side when complete. Do NOT pull floss toward the chewing surface as you may inadvertently dislodge the temporary crown. Eat with caution by avoiding hard, crunchy, and sticky foods such as nuts, chewing gum, and candy. Chew on the opposite side of your mouth when possible. If the temporary crown breaks or dislodges, please text the office at 1-844-756-1234 and we will schedule a short appointment for a remake or recementation.
If the temporary crown is intact but has dislodged and you are unable to come to the office, use toothpaste, denture adhesive (Fixodent or Polygrip), or temporary dental cement (purchase from a drugstore) to recement the temporary crown until you can contact us.
The occlusion or “bite” on your temporary crown will closely mimic the tooth prior to preparation and will be properly equilibrated at the end of your appointment. However, in the unlikely event that your bite feels uneven, “high”, or uncomfortable, please text the office at 1-844-756-1234 to request an adjustment. If the bite is NOT properly balanced, you may experience mild but persistent discomfort when chewing on the tooth.