Dental Bridges and Crowns | Important Things To Know
7 Important Things to Know About Dental Bridges and Crowns
Prosthodontics and restorative dentistry are important branches of dentistry. People who damage or lose their teeth rely on it not only to regain the nice appearance of their mouth but also to restore proper function and prevent teeth from shifting. And when it comes to restorative dentistry, a dental bridge or crown (also inlays and onlays) are greatly in demand for both aesthetic and functional purposes.
If you’re not too familiar with how they are applied, how they work to improve oral health, and the potential side effects to consider should you need to get these one day, important information about them are provided below to help you understand them better.
Multiple Sessions Required
It typically takes a two to three sessions to complete the application of dental bridges and crowns. These sessions are divided into the preparation of the teeth, taking their impressions, the placement of the temporary crown, and finally, the placement of the permanent crown.
Teeth Sensitivity is common
Sensitivity of teeth, gum soreness, and other discomforts around the treated area are common especially before the permanent crown is placed.
Effective Ways To Prevent Discomfort
Your dentist will likely prescribe pain relievers and advise you to use a cold compress to ease sensitivity and other discomforts.
Temporary Crown Aftercare
You need to be careful with the temporary crown because it’s just a plastic-based material or a soft metal. Avoid chewing on your teeth, especially while you’re still feeling numbness in your mouth due to the anesthesia.
Likewise, be careful with flossing around the temporary crown; make sure you pull the floss out gently to prevent it from coming off.
Off Limit Foods
Foods that are chewy (tough meats), hard (ice, candies, or peanut brittle) and sticky (toffee, gum) are not allowed when you have temporary crowns as these foods may loosen the crown and cause it to come off — or worse, break it. It’s going to be a huge hassle to have to make the trip to the dentist for a new temporary crown to be made and placed back in.
What To Expect After Your Permanent Crown Is Placed.
When the permanent crown is placed, the teeth surrounding it may feel some tightness, but you can expect everything to feel more natural over the next couple of days after application.
Permanent Crown Aftercare.
If you feel like your bite is uneven due to the permanent crown, it’s imperative that you inform your dentist right away so appropriate adjustments can be made.
If the permanent crown is not the right fit, this can cause other teeth to shift (that is, if there’s space for movement) or damage the teeth beside it.
If you have any additional questions about dental bridges and crowns, consider contacting the the dental professions at Horizon Dental Group.