Care Guide for Bridge/Crown

Care Guide for Temporary Bridge/Crown

If a temporary crown or bridge is placed after your tooth or teeth have been prepared, it is essential that this temporary restoration be in place for the entire time before you receive your final crown or bridge restoration. The temporary crown or bridge is meant to both protect your prepared tooth as well as to maintain the space and position of your teeth. Sensitivity and drifting of the teeth can occur if the temporary is left off, which may result in the final crown not to fit. Please call us at +65 6282 0122 IMMEDIATELY if your temporary crown or bridge falls off.


Precautions for your temporary restoration:

  • Avoid sticky or chewy foods (e.g., chewing gum and caramels), which have the potential of grabbing and pulling at the crown.
  • Shift the bulk of your chewing to the opposite side of your mouth.
  • Avoid chewing hard foods (e.g., raw vegetables), which can dislodge or break the crown.
  • When cleaning your teeth, slide flossing material out rather that lifting it out. Lifting the floss out could pull off the temporary crown.
  • Please inform us if the restoration feels "high" to your bite, i.e. if it seems that the restoration contacts before your other teeth when you chew or bite. This can make your tooth/teeth sensitive.
  • If your tooth/teeth become sensitive, try switching to a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
  • Use a proxy brush to clean around the area after every meal.
  • Avoid eating curry as it may turn the temporary crown bright yellow or orange.

 

Care Guide for Permanent Crown/Bridge

Do not chew hard foods on the restorations for 24 hours from the time they were cemented—to attain optimum strength, the cement must mature for approximately 24 hours Also avoid eating or chewing on hard objects, hard food, nails, hard candy or ice. You can, however, brush and floss as normal.

 

Home Care Tips for your permanent Crown/Bridge:

  • Brush after eating and before bedtime around the crown with a soft toothbrush, especially where the crown meets the gum line.  At this gum line harmful bacteria can be harbored to cause decay and gum disease.
  • Floss at least once or twice a day. Use the proxy brush, floss threader or the Sonicare Airfloss to remove plaque under and around these areas to maintain good oral hygiene. If you do not control the buildup of food debris and plaque your teeth and gums can be infected.
  • Avoid sticky treats such as gummy bear, caramel, Hi-Chew etc.
  • Do not worry about mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods. This sensitivity will disappear gradually over a few weeks. Infrequently, sensitivity last longer than six weeks.
  • Inadequate return for examination is the most significant reason for crown failure. Visit us for regular six-month active maintenance. Often problems that are developing around the restorations can be found at an early stage where they can be corrected easily and will be more affordable. Waiting for a longer time may require re-doing the entire restoration.