Crowns Bridges Post-Op

Our dentists offer crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays for our patients in the Kalamazoo, MI area. You can expect two or three visits to the dentist for crown and bridge procedures. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the teeth for the crown and either record digital scans of the tooth or take an impression. A temporary crown is set in place until the permanent one is ready. Newer technology available at our office allows a crown to be made in one visit without a temporary and/or impressions. The condition of the tooth must be evaluated by the dentist to determine if a same day crown is right for you.

It is relatively common for patients to experience some gum soreness, sensitivity or slight discomfort on the affected tooth or teeth. This will resolve after the permanent crown is placed.

When you are given anesthesia, whether for this or another procedure, dentists recommend waiting to eat food that requires chewing until the area is no longer numb.

A temporary crown is crafted from either a soft metal or plastic material.  The temporary is set in place to help protect the tooth that will receive the permanent crown and to prevent shifting of the surrounding teeth. The crown may break, if it is subjected to excessive pressure or it could fall off. If this happens, hold onto the crown and get in touch with us. These problems can often be prevented by avoiding hard or sticky foods and chewing on the opposite side of the mouth.

Once the permanent crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary and set the permanent crown in place. You may feel some pressure and notice that your bite feels a little off. However, if you experience discomfort after a few days or the bite seems uneven, give us a call for an adjustment.

You should continue to brush and floss your teeth as normal, but be very gentle around the area where a temporary crown is placed.

If you have any pain or questions, please contact our Kalamazoo, MI dental office at (269) 381-3890.