Today, our Okotoks dentists explain what you can expect during the recovery from a dental crown procedure.
After a dental crown procedure, your recovery period typically only lasts a few days. While it is normal for patients to experience some sensitivity or discomfort during this time, the irritation and inflammation associated with the procedure will subside fairly quickly in most cases.
Numbness from Anaesthetic
It's possible that your dentist used a local anesthetic during your procedure. Normally the numbing effect will last for a few hours before slowly wearing off.
During this period you should only eat soft foods and avoid anything too hot that could injure your mouth while it's numb.
You may also experience some minor bruising and inflammation around the injection site. This will normally subside on its own after a few days and does not usually necessitate the use of any additional medications.
Pain & Discomfort
It is likely that you will experience some minor discomfort and pain after the numbness from the anesthesia has worn off. This minor pain and discomfort can last anywhere from a few days to a week or two at most.
If you are experiencing discomfort, you may consider taking over-the-counter pain medication to help manage it. 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, contact your dental office for further evaluation to make sure you have not developed an infection.
Living with Your New Crown
During your recovery period, avoid eating anything that is hard, sticky, or chewy for the first 24 hours. During the days and weeks following your procedure, you can gradually reintroduce these foods into your diet.
It is normal for a new crown to feel a little strange at first – almost as if it doesn't quite fit properly. Once your mouth becomes accustomed to the new restoration, however, you will most likely stop noticing it altogether.
That said, if your bite does not feel normal after about a week, it is possible that the crown will need to be adjusted in order for it to fit properly. In this case, you should 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 routine hygienic cleanings and exams. 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.