Our London 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 require the use of any additional medications.
Pain & Discomfort
It is likely that you will experience some minor discomfort and pain after the numbness from the anesthesia has worn off. This usually subsides within a few days, or at the most, a few weeks, after the procedure is completed.
If you are in pain, you should consider taking over-the-counter pain medication to help manage it 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
During your recovery period, avoid eating anything that is hard, sticky, or chewy for the first 24 hours. During the days and weeks following your procedure, you can gradually reintroduce these foods into your diet.
It is normal for a new crown to feel a little strange at first – almost as if it doesn't quite fit properly. Once your mouth becomes accustomed to the new restoration, however, you will most likely stop noticing it altogether.
That said, if your bite does not feel normal after about a week, it is possible that the crown will need to be adjusted in order for it to fit properly. In this case, you should schedule a follow-up appointment with your dentist.
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 practice good oral hygiene on a daily basis in order to keep your teeth healthy and your crown in good working order. Dental crowns can last for many years if properly cared for.