How should I take care of my new crown

  • By the time your tooth needs a crown, it is already damaged either by a fracture, decay, previous root canal treatment, or a large failing filling. Add to this the reshaping and possible refilling of that same tooth and you can understand why a freshly prepared tooth might be sensitive. Usually Acetaminophen (Tylenol), or Ibruprophen (Advil, Motrin) work well if you are experiencing sensitivity. If your tooth feels more than just a little co ld sensitive, contact us. Sometimes your temporary needs to be adjusted or additional treatment may be needed.
  • It is very important to keep your toot h clean while you have your temporary on. Inflamed gums bleed easily and may compromise the strength of the cement when your final crown in seated. Be sure to massage your gum tissue with your toothbrush and floss daily. Remember wh en flossing, to avoid moving the floss up and down so you don’t dislodge the temporary crown.
  • Avoid chewing on gum and sticky foods while you have your temporary crown on. This temporary was intentionally plac ed with weak cement so we’re able to remove it easily when it comes time to cement your final crown or bridge. We also advise that you not chew hard foods such as candy and ice to avoid cracking your temporary.
  • If your temporary comes off, rinse it thor oughly or clean it with a toothpick. Try to place it back on your tooth so you know which way it goes before you mix the cement. Mix Part A and Part B of the cement you were provided with your toothpick and very lightly line the insi de of your temporary crown. Push the crown completely in place, wait a few seconds, then remove the excess cement with a toothpick, toothbrush, and floss.
  • If your temporary cracks or comes off, a nd you are unable to re-cement it with the temporary cement you were provided, please contact our office. We may have you come in to repair or re place it. Your temporary cr own serves to protect the underlying tooth but also to keep your pr epared tooth in th e exact location as when the impression was taken. If your prep ared tooth drifts at all, we will have to adjust your final crown much more.
  • Sometimes your jaw may be sore after recei ving local anesthetic. If this is the case, over the counter Ibuprophe n oftentimes works well.