After Dr. Jamie Choi and our team place your bridge or crown, we advise you not to eat for the first two hours after your visit or until the anesthetic has worn off. You may experience tooth sensitivity after your visit, and any discomfort can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain medication. You can also gently rinse the area with warm solution of a half-teaspoon of salt per 8 ounces of water.

If you have been given a temporary restoration, please avoid hard or sticky foods that could damage or dislodge your crown or bridge. You can brush your restoration normally, but when flossing, remember to pull the floss through your teeth, rather than up to prevent damaging the bridge of crown.

As with any dental treatment, long-term care is extremely important. Although a bridge or crown replaces or protects your teeth, you will still need to continue to brush and floss your new restoration. Since flossing a bridge can present challenges, our team will talk with you about products and techniques to make caring for your bridge easier.

If you have received a crown, remember that your tooth can still be vulnerable to decay at the gumline, so you should continue to brush twice a day, floss at least once a day and monitor your smile for signs of gum disease. If the crown does not fit or feels uncomfortable, contact our office for a follow-up visit with our dentist.

If you have questions about your post-op care for crowns and bridges in San Jose, California, please call 408-973-8500 and speak with a member of our team.