Depending on the extent of change with your new bite, it may take some time to adjust. After several days your brain will recognize the new position and shape of your teeth and accept them as normal. Please call us at 406-549-5861 should you have any problems.
It is normal to experience some temperature sensitivity. As your tissues around your teeth heal the sensitivity should diminish. OTC pain medication may be used as directed and warm salt water rinses are also effective.
Excellent home-care including brushing and flossing are vital to the long-term success of your new smile. Regular exams and cleaning are also very important to in maintaining your oral health.
As with natural teeth, crowns, veneers, or fillings may also chip or break. It is important to avoid hard foods that may damage your new teeth. Habits such as chewing on ice, cutting with your teeth, or biting fingernails or pencils should be avoided at all times.
We are happy to provide you with a sports mouth-guard if you are to engage in sporting activities. If you clench or grind your teeth it is also vital that we fit you with a custom night-guard. Please call us should you have any concerns or questions.
Most crowns can be completed in a single appointment utilizing our computer aided design and milling Cerec technology. Once the crown is bonded to the tooth, typically no other treatment is necessary.
Bridges and crowns that are fabricated in the dental lab require multiple visits. During the first visit, the teeth are prepared for the crown or bridge and a mold is taken. The mold is sent to the lab for permanent crown or bridge fabrication. Meanwhile, a temporary crown or bridge is placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made.
On occasion, a temporary restoration may break or come off. Please contact us immediately at 406-549-5861 to schedule an appointment to re-cement the crown or fabricate a new one. The temporary restoration protects the tooth from hot/cold sensitivity and prevents adjacent teeth from moving. If teeth have moved, the fit of the permanent restoration will be compromised.
Please follow these simple guidelines to keep your temporary in place. Avoid hard or sticky foods. Try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth. Don’t be overly aggressive with flossing and brushing in the area of the temporary. When flossing, avoid pulling up and popping the floss out as this may dislodge the temporary. Instead, thread the floss out from under the contact to the side.
It is not uncommon to experience some sensitivity to temperature and pressure following a crown or bridge preparation. This can last up to a few weeks. If symptoms persist or get worse, please call us.
And, as with any procedure using local anesthetic, please refrain from eating or chewing until the “numbness” wears off. This prevents possible injury to the tongue, cheeks, and lips.
Don’t chew hard (even on a hard crust of bread or on ice) for 4-6 weeks after having lower wisdom teeth removed or participate in sports where you may be hit in the jaw. The lower jaw is temporarily weaker and the bone may crack requiring the jaws be wired together for healing.
It is normal to feel numb for several hours after dental treatment if anesthetic was used. Please avoid eating until numbness has gone away. Your fillings are completely set when you leave our office and you may chew on them when comfortable.
Areas where anesthetic were used may feel sore for several days and pain medication may be used as directed by our office. If your bite feels uneven after a couple days please call us to schedule an adjustment.
If any discomfort is persistent please call our office at 406-549-5861.