Crown and Bridge: Post Operative Instructions and Home Care

gum bad for crown and bridgeHave you ever tried to find your page of crown and bridge post operative instructions and wondered where you put it? We strive to give you the resources and support you need before, during and after your appointments. Home care after a procedure is as important as how to prepare for an appointment.

A temporary crown /bridge is made to protect the prepared tooth (teeth) while your crown / bridge is being fabricated and also to hold the required space for the new crown / bridge. The temporary is cemented with soft cement so that it can be easily removed when needed. Home Care is extremely important while your temporary is in place. The health of your gum tissue and the success of your final treatment restoration depend on your follow through with home care.


  • Be careful not to bite your lip or tongue while numb.
  • Avoid hot drinks so you don’t burn yourself and eat only soft foods while numb.
  • Avoid chewing for at least 30 minutes after placement of temporary to make sure the cement has “set”.
  • To reduce any swelling or discomfort from the tissue in the area, try rinsing with warm salt water 3 times per day. (1 tbsp per 8 oz of warm water) Please be sure not to swallow the solution.
  • Keep the area clean to maintain tissue health. Brush after every meal with a soft toothbrush. Be sure to brush carefully around the temporary and take extra care to thoroughly clean this area.
  • Flossing: Start from the top of the tooth floss toward the gum tissue and then pull the floss out the side to prevent floss from pulling out the temporary.
  • We encourage you avoid anything chewy (examples: caramels, chewing gum…) or anything that is hard (examples: nuts, cereal (crunchy), toasted bagels…) as these things can either pull off or fracture/break a temporary.

If your temporary crown becomes loose or comes out, place it back on your tooth and call us immediately. Replacing your temporary crown is very important. It only takes a short time for teeth to move. This could affect the fit of the final restoration significantly, causing it not to fit or may necessitate new impressions and more time.



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