While your permanent crown, veneer, or bridge is being milled, you will wear a temporary restoration. The temporary restoration is not as durable as the permanent crown or bridge that you will soon receive, so remember to take care when you eat and clean your teeth. Brush the area gently and avoid pulling up on the tooth when flossing. When eating, avoid chewy or sticky foods while the temporary restoration is in.

It is not uncommon to experience irritation or sensitivity once the temporary or permanent restoration is placed. Once the soft tissue heals, this should subside. To help, try washing with a warm salt water rinse. If the pain persists, you can also take Tylenol or Advil.

After the permanent crown, bridge, or veneer is placed, it may take a few days for your mouth to adjust to the new tooth. Your restoration should feel completely natural in less than a week. Should you experience any movement with the bite, or if your bite feels just a little “off,” please let our dentist know.

Remember that caring for a bridge, crown, or veneer is no different than caring for your own teeth. Maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine at home, including daily brushing and flossing, is essential to your oral health and the longevity of your permanent restoration.