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Recovering from a Dental Crown Procedure

Our Pembroke dentists describe what you can expect during your recovery from a dental crown procedure.

Numbness from Anaesthetic

Your dentist may have used a local anesthetic during your procedure, and its numbing effect can last for a few hours before gradually wearing off.

To ensure safety, be cautious when eating and avoid hot foods and liquids to prevent any accidental mouth injuries while you are still numb.

It is common to experience minor bruising and inflammation around the injection site, but these symptoms usually go away on their own within a few days and typically do not require any additional medications.

Pain & Discomfort

It is common to experience some mild discomfort and pain after the numbness from the anesthesia wears off following a dental procedure. Typically, this discomfort subsides within a few days to a few weeks after the procedure.

If you are experiencing discomfort, you may consider taking over-the-counter pain medication to help manage the pain during the recovery period. Ibuprofen is often recommended to alleviate pain and provide comfort. However, it is important to consult with your dentist before taking any pain medication.

It is also possible to feel some sensitivity in the gums surrounding the restored tooth due to the dental cement used to secure the crown.

If the pain persists or becomes more severe after a few weeks, we recommend contacting our office to schedule an appointment for further evaluation.

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.

If, after about a week, you still feel that your bite does not feel normal with the crown, it may be necessary to have it adjusted for a proper fit. In such cases, we recommend scheduling a follow-up appointment with your dentist.

To maintain dental crowns, it is important to care for them in the same way as natural teeth. This includes regular brushing and flossing, as well as routine dental checkups and cleanings as needed. By practicing good oral hygiene daily, you can ensure the health of your teeth and the longevity of your dental crown.

With proper maintenance, dental crowns can last for many years.

If you have questions about an upcoming restorative dental procedure, and what you can expect from the recovery portion, please contact our Pembroke dentists today.

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