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Crowns

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If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, we may recommend that the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown. The reasons for this type of restoration in a badly damaged tooth are durability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of your bite. You can be comfortable in knowing that your new tooth will be virtually unnoticeable and will flawlessly complement the rest of your smile.

Crown Preparation

-Today your tooth was prepared to receive a permanent crown, which will be placed in a few weeks.
-You will probably be under the effects of anesthetic for several hours following your treatment. Please use caution when eating or drinking anything while you are numb.
-Avoid hard or chewy foods that can dislodge or break your temporary crown:
Examples of foods to avoid. gum, caramels, taffy, nuts, French bread, etc.
-Good oral hygiene at home will be a major factor in the improved comfort of the
area around the temporary crown.
-When flossing, remember to pull the floss out the side so you do not pop off the temporary crown.

What to Expect

-The tissue/gums around the tooth may be tender for a day or so. Warm saltwater rinses will soothe the area (8oz. glass of warm water with 1 teaspoon of salt)
-You may have sensitivity to hot or cold with the temporary crown. This is normal.
-Ibuprofen/Tylenol can help with post-operative sensitivity.
-Occasionally there is soreness in the injection site, which can last for a day or two. Again Ibuprofen/Tylenol can help with the discomfort.
-The temporary crown is made of plastic and will sometimes feel rough to your tongue.
-The temporary crown is temporary, and your permanent crown will fit, function, and feel better than the temporary crown.


When to Call the Office
-If you experience a throbbing pain in the tooth that keeps you awake at night.
-If your tooth is sensitive to pressure.
-If the bite does not feel balanced and even when the anesthetic has worn off.
-If the temporary crown breaks or comes off.

If you experience any problems after normal business hours, please call the office and leave a message on the answering machine. Dr. Beyer will be paged and return your call.

 


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