Our Calgary dentists describe what you can expect during your recovery from a dental crown procedure.
The recovery period after a dental crown has been placed typically lasts for a few days at most. 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, 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.
Minor bruising and inflammation around the injection site may occur, but this usually resolves on its own after a few days and does not necessitate the use of any additional medications.
Pain & Discomfort
After the numbness from the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some minor discomfort and pain. This usually goes away within a few days, if not a few weeks, of the procedure being completed.
If you are in pain, you should consider taking over-the-counter pain relievers to help manage your discomfort during this time. Patients are frequently prescribed ibuprofen to relieve pain and make them more comfortable while they recover. However, before taking any pain medication, consult with your dentist.
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.
Living with Your New Crown
Avoid eating anything hard, sticky, or chewy for the first 24 hours of your recovery. You can gradually reintroduce these foods into your diet in the days and weeks following your procedure.
It is normal for a new crown to feel strange at first, almost as if it does not fit properly. However, once your mouth becomes accustomed to the new restoration, you will most likely stop noticing it entirely.
However, if your bite does not feel normal after about a week, the crown may need to be adjusted to fit properly. In this case, you should see your dentist for a follow-up appointment.
Dental crowns should be cared for in the same way that natural teeth are, with regular brushing and flossing and, as needed, visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings. It is critical to practise good oral hygiene daily to keep your teeth healthy and your crown in good working order. Dental crowns can last for many years if properly cared for.