Home Care Instructions

After Crown and Bridge Appointments

Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns and bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us at Robert D. Golden, D.M.D. Phone Number 770-483-8816 if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.

To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.

It may be normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside quickly following the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Robert D. Golden, D.M.D. Phone Number 770-483-8816.

After Composite Fillings

When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.

It may be normal to experience some temperature & pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Over the counter medications such as Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (one tablet every 4-6 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness.      If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office at Robert D. Golden, D.M.D. Phone Number 770-483-8816.

You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully cured when you leave the office.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at Robert D. Golden, D.M.D. Phone Number 770-483-8816.