Crowns and Bridges are usually completed in two appointments. Following anesthesia
the teeth are prepared for a permanent bridge/crown and an impression is taken. This
impression is very important. Your dentist may have to take more than one impression.
It dictates the precision of your permanent bridge or crown. Then a temporary bridge/
crown are placed on the teeth for protection. The size, shape, and color of the temporary
do not resemble the final restoration. A temporary bridge/crown is easily removed;
therefore care must be taken not to dislodge it before your permanent bridge/crown
Do not chew sticky foods such as caramel or chewing gum. When flossing, pull the
floss out the side; do not pop it through the contact with the tooth next to it.
You will not be able to floss between the teeth of your temporary bridge. If your
temporary bridge /crown comes off, you can place some Fixodent (available at any
pharmacy) inside it and put it back on, then call our office during normal business
hours and we will re-cement it Do not leave your temporary off, even if you have
no discomfort. If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced, please call for an
appointment for a simple adjustment. Without a temporary bridge to hold your teeth
in place, your teeth can move causing your new bridge not to fit. If that occurs,
you would have to purchase another bridge.
Your gums may be sore. Warm salt water rinses will speed healing. You may have sensitivity
to hot or cold. This is common and normal since the temporary is not an accurate
fit of the prepared teeth. If you feel like you are biting first or harder on your
temporary or permanent bridge, call us for an adjustment or you will develop a sore
Be sure to brush and floss your new bridge. With a bridge, you will need special
floss threaded or other aids to reach and clean all areas properly.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office.
Your comfort is our priority!
Dr. Larry Lu Inc. & BigSmiles Dental Care | 778-574-8338 | www.bigsmilesdentalcare.com