Often called “caps”, a crown is designed to replace the outer structure of a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma. The purpose of the crown is to allow the tooth to function as a solid unit. This is especially important in teeth which have suffered due to a large amount of decay, trauma, or even heavy wear.
Most teeth that have been treated by endodontic procedures (root canal treatment) will require a crown restoration. Traditional crowns are composed of a metal substructure covered by porcelain. More recent advancements in crown fabrication and cementation have allowed the development of crowns that consist of only porcelain.
Post-Op Instructions Crown Cementation
If anesthetic has been used, your gums, lips and tongue may be numb for several hours, after the appointment. If possible, avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. When you are numb, it can be very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip. If you must eat before the numbness has worn off, be careful, chew on the opposite side of your mouth, and eat only soft foods. After your numbness has completely worn off, you may chew on these teeth like normal.
If you experience sensitivity to chewing, you should avoid the area until the sensitivity subsides. It can be normal to experience slight discomfort and soreness after having a crown(s) cemented, especially around the gum tissue and injections sites. Advil, Aleve or Tylenol work well to alleviate the tenderness. Take this medication as directed. If your gums are very sore, rinse with diluted salt water or diluted anti-bacterial mouthwash. Take anti-inflammatory medication as directed, if needed, for pain. And wear a nightguard, if you normally wear one.
If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at (770) 479-3713.