Crowns and bridges are dental appliances that take two visits to our office to finish. During the first appointment, we will measure your teeth for restoration and place a temporary crown over the tooth/teeth to be restored. The temporary tooth is only made to stay on your teeth for a couple of weeks and must be easily removed, thus it can’t stand up to sticky or hard foods.
It is normal to be overly sensitive to heat and cold. Try to shift very cold or hot foods or drink to the other side of your mouth until the sensation stops being so pronounced.
If your temporary restoration comes off, please give us a and come into our office, and we will be happy to place it again.
AFTER COMPOSITE (WHITE) FILLINGS
Composite and other forms of fillings allow the most leeway and are the most forgiving form of restorative dental procedures we offer. The site will be numb, so it is important to wait for the numbing agent to wear off before you eat or drink lest you accidentally bite yourself. It’s fine to eat and drink as soon as the numbing agent wears off as the filling material is already firmly set in place.
AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION
When a tooth is extracted, it’s important that a blood clot forms in the extraction site for it to start healing. Leaving the gauze pad on the site for 30 minutes to an hour will allow a good clot to form. If for any reason the site bleeds or oozes simply place another gauze pad into the area and apply some pressure to it with your jaw. Once the blood clot has formed it must stay in place. Blood clots in the mouth are subject to a lot of different elements that can make it challenging for them to stay put. We recommend that you avoid the following activities while waiting for the site to heal (for about three days):
- Using a straw
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
- brushing teeth near the extraction site
- Vigorous physical activity
If there is swelling feel free to apply a cold compress to the site. Swelling typically takes two to three days to subside. If we prescribe antibiotics, please make sure to complete the set. Stopping antibiotics in the middle of the prescription is never advisable.
If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our Salem office at (503) 877-1598, or our Monmouth office at (503) 877-1590.