How to Care for Same-Day Dental Crowns
So, you have researched getting a crown and discovered you could actually have a crown fitted from scratch in just one day.
… Or you’re just finding out, in which case, yes: Same-day crowns can be prepped, fitted, and applied in as little as one appointment.
No more repeat visits and waiting weeks for the crown to be created in the lab.
However, have you thought about what happens after you have had your same-day crown fitted?
Well, here we will talk about precisely that. What should you expect after you’ve received your same-day crown? We answer some common questions below.
What to expect after the fitting of a same-day crown
Fitting a same-day dental crown comes with a short recovery period. The most important thing is always to feel free to ask your dentist for advice.
Will I feel pain or numbness after getting a crown?
Most patients experience mild pain or discomfort near the treatment area for a few days following a dental crown procedure. A local anesthetic is often used to prevent discomfort during the preparation stages. Because of this, you may still feel numbness in your mouth for a few hours after you leave the dentist’s office.
Keep in mind that it will take a bit of time to adjust to the feel of a new bite. However, if your bite still does not seem right after a week, contact us so we can adjust it.
What can you eat after getting a same-day crown?
Avoid sticky foods that could dislodge the crown. In fact, avoid biting down on your new crown in general, at least for a day or two. Once the adhesive that secures the crown sets, you can go back to normal eating habits.
When we say habits, we mean the good ones, not the habits that could cause damage to your teeth (especially the tooth with a new crown).
You should resist biting on ice chips and other hard objects or foods. Additionally, avoid foods and habits that stain, such as cigarettes, excessive coffee, and excessive wine.
Can I brush normally with a crown?
Your teeth, either natural or your new same-day crown, are vulnerable to disease and decay, especially near the gum. For this reason, it is important that you maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once.
You don’t need to use any special technique; just be gentle and use the same soft-bristle toothbrush as ever.
So, as a recap:
- Do not chew on the restoration for 24 hours.
- It is essential to brush and floss following your procedure.
- It is pretty normal to experience minor discomfort for a few days.
- If your bite feels unusual after your anesthetic has worn off, please call our office.
- Avoid foods or habits that may dislodge or stain your teeth.
If you have concerns about a damaged or decaying tooth that needs to be looked at and treated, contact us to learn more about same-day dental crowns today!
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