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Dental Crowns, Bridges, and Implants

What You’ll Want to Know About Taking Care of Them! 

If you’ve got missing or broken teeth, you can improve your smile and boost your confidence with a crown, bridge, or implant! At your McAllen family dentist, you can find these through our general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services!

After getting a dental crown, bridge, or implant, neglecting at-home care could delay healing, and you may end up with more visits to the dentist’s office. But if taken care of properly, they can last about ten years. Invest in your pearly whites by learning the correct dental crown, bridge, or implant follow-up care!

Your New Crown, Bridge, or Implant Was Placed! Now What?

After the procedure, your mouth may feel a little odd at first. This feeling is normal since your mouth isn’t used to biting down on a crown, bridge, or implant. You might feel some of these symptoms, but the discomfort should fade away within a few days! 

  • Soreness
  • Tenderness
  • Numbness
  • Heat or cold-sensitivity

How To Take Care of Your New Mouthpiece at Home!

You’ll want to make a few adjustments to the way you brush, floss, and even eat. These adjustments help make sure your new crown (also known as a cap), bridge, or implant doesn’t move around and lasts a long time! But don’t worry, most of these changes are only temporary so you can recover completely and go back to eating your favorite foods! 

Dietary Changes

  • Don’t eat until the anesthesia has worn off. 
  • Don’t eat any crunchy foods, like chips and nuts, for 24 hours.
  • Don’t eat chewy foods, like a bagel, for 24 hours.
  • Chew on the opposite side of your mouth for the first 24 hours.
  • Prevent heat and cold sensitivity by keeping food and drinks at lukewarm or room temperature for 24 hours.
  • Don’t eat any sticky foods or sweets for two weeks, including gum.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks and orange juice for two weeks.
  • Eat soft foods to avoid putting too much pressure on your new crowns, bridges, or implants.
  • After one to two weeks, you can start introducing tougher-to-chew foods back into your diet, but only do so as you’re comfortable. 

Oral Hygiene Habits

  • Brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. 
  • You can also brush and floss after each meal.
  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush to avoid damaging your new crown, bridge, or implant.
  • Instead of pulling your floss up, pull it through your teeth to avoid pulling off your new accessory.
  • Use a non-abrasive, gel-based toothpaste.
  • Use a floss pick to clean out any food particles that may stick underneath your bridge, crown, or implant. 

After the procedure, you’ll also want to avoid picking or poking at your new piece. The adhesive will need about 30 minutes to cure completely so it doesn’t move or fall off. 

Why You’ll Need Follow-Up Appointments!

After placing a new crown, bridge, or implant, your La Feria family dentist will want you to come back for a follow-up appointment. Follow-up appointments are standard for these types of dental restorations for two reasons; to check the condition of your new mouthpiece and see if it needs any adjustments. 

When to Call WhiteWing Dental for Help! 

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if your bite is right when your mouth is numb from anesthesia. If you notice that your bite is uncomfortable, you can call your McAllen general dentistry team for help! From general to cosmetic dentistry, WhiteWing Dental has your back!

Call Us If…

  • You have pain in your mouth or jaw.
  • Your crown, bridge, or implant has moved.
  • Your gums are swollen or red.
  • You experience persistent pain while talking or chewing.

If your crown, bridge, or implant falls out, put it back on with an over-the-counter dental adhesive to protect the gum or tooth underneath and call us immediately! 

Do you want to improve your smile with a crown, bridge, or implant? Make an appointment with WhiteWing Dental! 

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