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Post Care Instructions

Crown Preparations

  • While your mouth is numb, be very careful with your lips and tongue. Avoid eating hard or crunchy foods until all numbness has subsided. We recommend soft foods and smoothies until the anesthetic wears off; just make sure to brush your teeth afterwards!

  • Your gums, cheeks, and jaw may be sore following treatment. If your gums are tender, rinse your mouth with warm salt water

    • Fill an 8 oz glass with warm water and mix in 1 tsp of salt. Swish small amounts until the glass is empty; repeat several times a day for the first couple of days following your visit. Discontinue once symptoms subside. 

  • To mediate any pain or discomfort, take whatever you would take for a headache, following the instructions on the bottle. If possible, take ibuprofen, as this medication tends to relieve dental discomfort more effectively than acetaminophen alone. 

  • While we wait for the lab to finalize your case, we have made a temporary crown for your comfort. Please understand that this is NOT a permanent restoration and is not meant to stay in your mouth for more than six weeks. If your temporary crown cracks, breaks, or come off, please call us immediately and bring all pieces of the crown with you to our office. 

  • It is normal to experience mild sensitivity to cold food and drink in the first few days and weeks following treatment. If sensitivity increases, or if you have pain when biting down, please contact the office to schedule a follow-up appointment. 

  • Call us at 919-286-4481 with any other questions or concerns!

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