Crown and Bridge Aftercare

Dentist Orem Utah

You just had a crown or a bridge at your dentist in Orem, Utah, so what should you expect?

With your new crown, there was large decay, fracture, or a large filling that required dental care. As a result, you may have some cold or biting sensitivity. That is normal. Taking ibuprofen, tylenol, or another over-the-counter pain medication will be sufficient to control any discomfort you may have.

In order to fabricate your final crown, we had to take an impression of your prepared tooth. To make a good impression, we have to move your gums out of the way to let the impression material totally cover all of the edges of your tooth. Dr. Bowen uses a specialized dental laser or a cord material to do this. Because your gums are displaced, you will have some degree or soreness. Like above, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or a comparable over-the-counter pain medication should be sufficient for you.

Our assistants will make and cement a temporary crown for you. Be advised that while we make every effort to make your temporary crown feel like a normal tooth, it is very difficult to achieve. No need to worry, your permanent crowns will fit and feel perfect. In the meantime, be careful with your temporary crowns. Avoid chewing on them and vigorously flossing. If your temporary crown falls off, please call our office. We are happy to recement it for you, or give you alternative suggestions if you can’t make it into our office right away.

It usually takes about two weeks for the lab to make your new crown. When we cement it, it will feel significantly better than your temporary crowns. The cement takes four hours to set completely, so avoid using your new crowns until that time has passed. After that, eat and chew away! Your new crowns will give you years of function and will look and feel just like a natural tooth!