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Charlton Dental Associates | Crown and Bridge in Sandy Lake

Charlton Dental Associates

390 Park Ave.
Meadville, PA 16335 

(814) 724-6890

3242 South Main Street
Sandy Lake, PA 16145

(724) 376-7161

 

Crown and Bridge
AGD Member
 

PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.

Sometimes the after effects of oral surgery are quite minimal, so not all of these instructions may apply, common sense will often dictate what you should do.  It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible.  Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have questions about your progress, please call the office where you had surgery.  Please try to call during office hours, however, if an emergency exists contact the doctors at home.  Calling during office hours will afford a faster response.

FIRST HOUR

Do not eat for the first hour after you leave our office, a temporary crown or bridge has been placed and this will allow time for the cement to set and for the anesthetic to wear off (if any was used). 

DIET

Eat any nourishing food that can be taken with comfort.  Avoid extremely hot or cold foods, because the crown or  bridge site may be sensitive to temperatures at first.  Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a few days following dental work.  Avoid sticky foods, because this may dislodge the temporary that has been placed.   It is important not to skip meals!  If you take nourishment regularly, you will feel better, gain strength, have less discomfort and heal faster.   If you are a diabetic, maintain your normal eating habits as much as possible and follow instructions from your physician regarding your insulin schedule.

EXERCISE CARE

Do not disturb the treatment area today.  Do NOT rinse vigorously or probe the area with any objects or your fingers.  You may brush your teeth gently, but exercise care when flossing.  It is better when flossing to pull the floss out to the side around the area because the temporary may get dislodged.  If the temporary does become dislodged call the office for an appointment to recement it.

PAIN

Unfortunately most treatment is accompained by some degree of discomfort.  You may have to take an analgesic such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium (Aleve) or acetaminophen.  Analgesics with anti-inflammatory effects such as ibuprofen, Aleve and aspirin often give better relief than acetaminophen.  Sensitivity to temperature is also possible.  It is difficult to predict which symptoms, if any, you may experience and to what extent.  Sensitivity is usually most noticeable within the first 12-24 hours after the anesthetic wears off.  If you have any severe pain please call the office to schedule an appointment.  The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days.  You may also have some mild discomfort at the injection site.

BRUSHING/FLOSSING

Begin your normal oral hygiene routine as soon as possible after treatment.  Some temperature sensitivity may not permit brushing of all areas with cold water, but please make an effort to clean your teeth within the bounds of comfort, by using luke warm water.

TOOTH CARE

After the temporary crown or bridge is placed there may be an adjustment period for a few days.  This will allow for your tongue to get used to the new restoration in your mouth.  If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced (one side hits before the other) be sure to call for an appointment for a simple adjustment.  If this is not taken care of it can cause pain in your tooth or teeth, from bruising due to constant pressure on one area of the mouth.  You will need to schedule an appointment for 3 weeks after the temporary has been cemented for an appointment to cement the permanent crown or bridge.

 
 
 
Sandy Lake Dentist | Crown and Bridge. Dennis Charlton is a Sandy Lake Dentist.