Post Operative Instructions
TEMPORARY Porcelain Veneers, Crowns &Bridges
We have made temporary veneers, crowns and bridges to protect your teeth and gum tissues whilst your definitive restorations are being made at the dental lab.
Note: The temporary material used is made of plastic.
Your mouth will be numb for some hours and it is important to take care not to bite your lips or cheeks and to avoid very cold or hot drinks or foods until the numbness has worn off.
It is normal for the gum around the tooth that has just been worked on to be tender for a day or two. If the tenderness persists any longer than two days, please call the office immediately so we can check the temporary crown or bridge and correct any problem.
It is advisable to take analgesics as the numbness starts to wear off and then every four to six hours until bedtime. (Depending on your medical health, Nurofen, Paracetamol.) Please follow the instructions when using any medication, (ie. No more than 8 tablets to be taken in a 24-hour period).
Often these provisional teeth are bonded together and sometimes it may be necessary to use a product called “Super Floss” to clean between the teeth or under the bridge. This is only needed to be done if your Dentist has instructed and shown you to do so
If the temporary crown or bridge comes loose, please call us as soon as possible. If the temporary crown or bridge is off for even a short time, the tooth can shift position and cause the long-lasting crown or bridge to not fit well.
Please avoid eating on the temporary crown as much as possible.
Please carefully clean around the temporary with a toothbrush. The long-lasting crown or bridge will go into place so much easier if the gum around the tooth is healthy.
Try to avoid sticky foods and chewing gum on the temporary crown to avoid pulling it off.
It’s also wise to avoid foods with food colourings (e.g. Curries) as the temporary resin material can discolour.
Slight discomfort, sensitivity, and tenderness are possible after a tooth has had dental treatment, but if any of these persist for more than a day or two, please call the office right away at (02) 9267 7777
Shapes, positions, and shades of teeth will be discussed at your review appointment in the next 48 hours. It will take the following 3 days for your gums and lips to relax from the effects of the injections and until this stage they will have an effect on the appearance of your smile.