For Crowns and Bridges:
1. Crowns and bridges usually take 2 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth (teeth) are shaped and prepared. Impressions are taken and a temporary crown is placed on your tooth (teeth). The impressions are sent to the dental lab to be custom made. Your permanent crown will be delivered to our office about 7-10 business days later.
2. Whenever anesthesia is used, do not drink any hot liquids or eat anything until the numbness has worn off. It could cause serious injury to your soft tissue.
3. Avoid chewing on sticky and hard foods (ex: chewing gum, ice, etc). Temporary crowns are usually made of a plastic based material or a soft metal, and could break if too much pressure is placed on it. Chew on the opposite side of the treatment as much as possible.
4. Brush as usual, but do not floss around the temporary. Rinse twice daily with warm salt water (combine 1 teaspoon of household salt with 6 to 8 ounces of warm water) until your permanent crown is seated.
5. The temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth and prevent other teeth from moving. If your temporary crown does come off, call our office as soon as possible. It should be replaced.
6. After the permanent crown is placed, you may feel slight pressure for a few days. If your bite feels uneven or you feel discomfort while chewing on the tooth after 2-3 days, call our office as soon as possible. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently.
For Gum Inflammation and Soreness:
1. Brush with toothpaste, floss between your teeth, and rinse your mouth with water.
2. Using 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, mix equal parts of peroxide and water (about one ounce of each). Swish 2 or 3 times and expectorate.
3. Follow by combining 1 teaspoon of household salt in a 6 to 8 oz. cup of warm water. Mix together, swish 2 or 3 times, and expectorate.
For TMJ Problems:
1. Use moist external heat. Apply a warm wash cloth on the joint area where it is sore 2-3 times a day for 30 minutes.
2. Eat soft foods. Avoid chewing gum, french bread, sourdough bread, caramels, etc.
3. Use an anti-inflammatory. Take aspirin or Tylenol as indicated on the medicine bottle.
4. Return to our office in two weeks for re-evaluation.