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Crowns and Bridges

You have just had some crowns or fixed bridges cemented onto your teeth; find out what happens next…

Crowns will replace your missing tooth structure or missing teeth very well and should give you years of service if you will observe the following suggestions.

  • Do not chew hard foods on the restorations for 24 hours from the time they were cemented. The cement must mature for about 24 hours to have optimum strength.
  • Do not be concerned if you have mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods. It will improve gradually over a few weeks. Infrequently, sensitivity lasts longer than six weeks. Please tell us if this occurs.
  • Do not chew ice or other hard objects. Avoid chewing very sticky food/candy because they can remove restorations.
  • To provide optimum longevity for your new restorations and prevent future dental decay and supporting tissue breakdown.

Please use the following preventive procedures to ensure your oral health.

  1. Brush and floss after eating and before bedtime
  2. Swish vigorously for at least 30 seconds daily with an antibacterial rinse
  3. Visit us for regular six month examinations. Often small problems that are developing around the restorations can be found at an early stage and corrected easily, but, waiting for a longer time may require redoing the entire restoration. Inadequate return for examination is the most significant reason for prostheses failure.

If any of the following occur, contact us immediately to avoid further problems:

  • Movement or looseness in the restoration
  • Sensitivity to sweet foods
  • Peculiar taste from the restoration site
  • Breakage of a piece of material from the restoration
  • Sensitivity to pressure

We have done our best to provide you with the finest quality of oral restoration available today. However, only your continuing care and concern can assure optimum service longevity.

Discover more about post-operative instructions by Dr. Larry Saylor by contacting us at our Brandon cosmetic dental practice near Tampa.

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