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Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. On the first appointment the teeth are prepared. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom-made restoration is being made. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
It's normal to experience some hot, cold, and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. Your gums may be sore for several days. Rinse three times a day with warm salt water (a tsp. of salt in a cup of warm water, rinse-swish-spit) to reduce pain and swelling. Use medication only as directed.
To help keep your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. It's important to continue to brush normally, but please avoid flossing because this could dislodge your temporary crowns.
If your temporary loosens...
Occasionally, even with careful wearing, temporaries will become loose. This is normally not an emergency. The teeth will not become infected or decayed if the temporary is missing for a short period of time. However, the underlying tooth may feel sensitive to food and drink.
If your temporary dislodges and you are unable to seek immediate dental care...
Feel free to call, email, or use our contact form.
Wilmette Dental, Ltd
344 Linden Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
Monday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM - 2:00PM
Thursday: 1:30PM - 7:30PM
Saturday: 8:00AM - 2:00PM (alternating)
Outside our regular business hours, please note our emergency care information.