Immediately After Your Crown Procedure
Your Wichita Falls restorative dentist will usually place your dental crown in a two-part procedure. In the first part, your dentist will shape your tooth, take impressions, and place a temporary crown. Then the dentist will send impressions to the dental laboratory. There the laboratory will craft your permanent crown.
Once you get home, the following steps will help you get the fastest recovery possible:
- Limit eating and drinking while you’re numb
- Eat a soft diet
- Take prescriptions and other medications as necessary
- Follow your dentist’s hygiene instructions
Most people don’t have to take a full day off to get a dental crown. You can go back to work. However, if you have a strenuous job, it might be a good idea to take the rest of the day off. Don’t plan an active evening, and let yourself go to bed early if you want.
After your procedure, you might be numb. Try to limit eating and drinking until you recover the feeling in your mouth. You might bite your lip or tongue badly or burn yourself and not realize it.
Count on eating softer foods after your dental crown procedure. This doesn’t mean a liquid diet, but avoid anything too crunchy.
People usually don’t get prescriptions related to dental crowns. However, if you do have a prescription for antibiotics and/or pain medication, take medication as directed. If you don’t have a prescription, you can control discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication. Don’t exceed the label dosage unless your dentist tells you otherwise.
Usually, your dental hygiene will be unchanged after your dental crown procedure. However, sometimes your dentist might recommend a lighter hygiene routine for a while. Most commonly, a dentist might say not to floss around the crown for a few days to let the dental cement set. You might still be able to use a water flosser, though.