If you will be undergoing a dental crown procedure then you may have a few questions about what will happen after your visit. Our Vancouver dentists discuss what you should expect during recovery after a dental crown procedure.
The recovery period after a dental crown has been placed typically lasts for a few days at most. It is entirely possible and normal to feel discomfort while you are recovering from the dental crown procedure, the irritation and inflammation associated with the procedure will subside fairly quickly in most cases.
The Numbness You Will Experience From Anaesthetic
It's possible that your dentist used a local anesthetic during your procedure, and that the numbing effect will last for a few hours afterward before gradually wearing off.
Keep your mouth as safe as possible when you're eating, and stay away from hot foods and liquids to avoid injuring your mouth while it's numb.
You may also experience some minor bruising and inflammation around the injection site, but this will subside on its own after a few days and does not usually necessitate the use of any additional medications.
Pain & Discomfort Is Possible After The Procedure
It is likely that you will experience some minor discomfort and pain after the numbness from the anesthesia has worn off. This usually subsides within a few days, or at the most, a few weeks, of the procedure being completed.
If you are experiencing discomfort, you should consider taking over-the-counter pain medication to help manage the discomfort during this time. Ibuprofen is frequently prescribed to patients in order to alleviate pain and make them more comfortable while they recover. However, speak to your dentist before taking any sort of medication for pain.
As a result of the irritation caused by the dental cement (which was used to secure the crown), you may notice that the gums surrounding the restored tooth are also feeling a little sensitive.
During the following few weeks, if the pain you are experiencing does not subside or becomes more severe, please contact our office to schedule an appointment for further evaluation.
Caring For Your New Dental Crown
It is imperative that you avoid eating any foods that are hard or sticky for the first full day after your dental implant procedure. During the days and weeks following your procedure, you can gradually reintroduce these foods into your diet.
While your new dental crown may not feel right in the beginning you can rest assured that this feeling is normal and the feeling won't last forever. Once your mouth becomes accustomed to the new restoration, however, you will most likely stop noticing it altogether.
Even so, if it's been a week and it still feels odd then you should contact your dentist, it is possible that the crown will need to be adjusted in order for it to fit properly. You should take the time to schedule a follow-up appointment with your dentist.
Dental crowns should be cared for the same way as natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings, as necessary. In order to keep your teeth healthy and your crown in good working order, it is essential to practice good oral hygiene daily. Dental crowns can last for many years if they are maintained properly.