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Crowns and bridges usually take one or two appointments to complete. In the first visit, the teeth are prepared and scans of the mouth are taken. On occasion, if your restoration is not made on the same visit, temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made.

When can I eat/drink?

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.

What if my temporary comes out?

Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us at 415-681-7001 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.

How do I keep my temporary from coming out?

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.

Will I have sensitivity?

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few days or sometimes weeks after 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 415-681-7001.