Post-op Instructions

Crowns

Temporary Crowns

  • Temporary crowns aren't strong. They can break or may occasionally come off. If this should happen, slip the temporary back on the tooth, holding it in place with some Fixodent™ Denture Adhesive. Then call us for an appointment so that we can reattach it properly. DO NOT leave the temporary out of your mouth — your teeth will shift and your final restoration (permanent crown) will not fit. Always floss according to the instructions we have given you. 
  • Temporary restorations can leak saliva or food onto the tooth. You may experience sensitivity to hot, cold, pressure, or sweets. If you experience unusual discomfort or feel the bite is not correct, please call for an appointment for a simple adjustment. 
  • Your temporary's size, shape, and color do not resemble those of your final restoration.

Permanent Crowns

  • Do not chew hard or sticky foods on your restoration for 24 hours from the time it was cemented. The cement must harden during this time to provide optimum strength. 
  • It may take a few days to get used to your new crown or bridge after the final cementation. Hot and cold sensitivity may occur for a few weeks and occasionally may last for several months. As with the temporary, if the bite does not feel comfortable, please call and make an appointment so that we may adjust it. 
  • Proper brushing, flossing, and regular 6-month cleanings are necessary to maintain your final restoration. The one area where a crowned tooth can decay is at the bottom edge of the crown at the gum line. Small problems that develop around restorations can usually be found at an early stage and easily corrected, but postponing proper care can result in the need to replace the entire restoration.

Important Information About Crowns

Gold and porcelain crowns are equivalent in almost all respects, except that porcelain may chip. Statistics show that approximately 1 out of 100 porcelain crowns chip and require replacement. Gold crowns do not ever chip. When choosing between a porcelain or gold crown, this should be part of your consideration.

Note: These instructions are only intended for patients of the Vaughn Family Dentistry practice. If you are not a patient of Vaughn Family Dentistry, you should follow your own doctor's specific instructions.

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