Crowns/Fillings Post Op

Crowns, Caps, Veneers, Fillings

Placement of crowns, caps, or veneers can cause sensitivity to heat, cold, or biting pressure. Also the gums around the teeth may be a little sore. All of these symptoms should be easily tolerable, but may require a light pain medication like ibuprophen (Advil, Motrin) or aspirin. These symptoms should quickly get better and things be back to normal within a few days.

If you experience discomfort that lasts more than a few days or requires more serious pain medication, please contact the clinic.

The placement of crowns or caps frequently requires the placement of a temporary crown while the final restoration is being made in the lab. Wearing temporary crowns can cause more sensitivity. If sensitivity or discomfort on biting occurs and doesn’t resolve within a few days, please contact the clinic.

Occasionally a temporary crown comes off before the final restoration is ready. In this case it must be replaced. A missing temporary crown can cause severe sensitivity and because it is no longer touching the teeth above or below and beside it, the adjoining teeth will start to move. If they move just the slightest bit, the final restoration will not fit.

If a temporary crown comes off, please call and arrange to have it recemented. If you are out of town or otherwise can’t get in to the clinic, rinse it out, pick out any loose stuff on the inside with a toothpick or pin, put toothpaste on the inside and place it back on the tooth. The toothpaste will hold it in place.

DO NOT buy temporary dental cement and attempt to replace the temporary crown yourself. If the crown is not seated all the way, and the cement hardens, it can cause considerable discomfort. 

After having cavities filled (dental restorations), it is normal to have some discomfort. As with the placement of crowns, caps or veneers, the teeth involved may be somewhat sensitive to heat, cold, or biting pressure. Also the gums around the teeth may be a little sore. Again, all of these symptoms should be easily tolerable, but may require a light pain medication like ibuprophen (Advil, Motrin) or aspirin. These symptoms should quickly get better and things be back to normal within a few days.

If you experience discomfort that lasts more than a few days or requires more serious pain medication, please contact the clinic