- Gums are tender – It is normal for your gum to feel sore. Rinse 3 times/day with warm salt water (1 tsp salt: 1 cup warm water). Continue for 3 days if necessary.
Note: Do not use Listerine or any mouthwash. It gives a burning sensation.
- Tooth is sensitive – On a daily basis teeth are not use to being worked on and need time to recuperate. We recommend 600mg of Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil or Aleve) every 4 hours for the first 2 days.If you are allergic to Ibuprofen, take 1000 mg of Tylenol every 4 hours.
- Tooth is sensitive to cold when I bite down – This means your bite maybe off and needs to be adjusted. Please call our office to schedule.
- Area is still numb – The teeth, tongue, lips, and cheek may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking until the numbness has completely worn off.
What You Need To Do
- You have a temporary crown that lives up to its name “temporary”. You will need to take care of it by avoiding hard and sticky foods. Chewing gum will just stick to it. Best to do is “baby” the side of the temporary and chew on the other side.
- Brushing and Flossing – Do brush and floss. It is important to keep your gums clean and healthy. Floss by pushing the floss toward the gum area and pull out toward the cheek area. Do not apply an “up and down” motion as you would normally do. You can pop the temporary crown off.
- My temporary broke or came off – Call the office to schedule so we can recement your temporary or fabricate a new temporary crown. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.