Care of the Mouth After Preparation for Crowns/Bridges/Veneers

Today you had a tooth/teeth prepared for placement of a crown/bridge/veneer and a temporary was placed. You will wear the temporary for about 3 weeks while the lab custom makes your permanent restoration. We use digital impressions and a special model is created from hundreds of pictures to make the most accurate model available. Your permanent restoration will be custom made from this model. Unlike most models that are poured from powdered stone mixed with water, this digital model is far superior and therefore the lab can fabricate permanent restorations that have a superior fit. It is like the difference between watching a show on TV with a poor signal in black and white and watching the same program in High-Definition on a High-Definition TV, there is no comparison.

Your permanent restorations will not contain any base metal (the least expensive metal that is used by most labs). Base metal can show dark at the gum line and contains nickel which is not very bio-compatible and can cause allergic reactions in some individuals.

Important Points on the Care of Your Temporary

  1. Your temporary crown/bridge/veneer is designed to be just that; temporary. The temporary material stains easily. Avoiding highly pigmented foods such as red wine, coffee and blueberries is advisable if you are averse to some staining. Also, mouth rinses that are “colored” with dyes can stain your temporary. It will also not be as smooth as your permanent crowns.
  2. Do not eat anything sticky or hard as these can cause your temporary to break or come out. If your temporary comes out or feels loose call the office as soon as possible. Going without your temporary (even if the teeth are not sensitive) can cause the teeth to shift and your permanent restoration may not fit. If you are out of town you can get some temporary cement at the drugstore.
  3. It is not unusual for the teeth under the temporary to be a little sensitive to hot and cold. This should not be the case once your permanent restorations are placed. If you experience some discomfort for a few days after your appointment taking Motrin, Advil or Tylenol should be sufficient. If you experience any discomfort that over the counter pain medications don’t handle, call the office immediately.
  4. Brush gently but thoroughly around your temporary. Rinse with warm salt water (1 tsp. salt in a cup of warm water) several times a day to assist in healing of the gum tissue around the temporary. We also carry a mouth rinse, Oxyfresh, that contains no dyes or alcohol and will assist in keeping the gum tissue healthy around your temporary.

If you should have any questions do not hesitate to call the office for assistance. If you need assistance after hours Dr. Camacho can be reached at his home 210-408-9181 or on his cell 210-254-827. Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio we are committed to providing individualized personal care and part of that includes Dr. Camacho having an open communication line with this patients.