Online Dental Education Library

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New Filling, Onlay and Crown Instructions.

Follow instructions for 14 days.

1. Avoid sticky foods Gum, taffy, ect..
2. Avoid hard foodsNuts, bread crust, ect..
3. Avoid extremely cold or hot temperaturesLiquids and Food.
4. Brush and Floss as usual

 

TEMPORARY CEMENT INSTRUCTIONS

1. Clean out any excess cement in the crown.
2. Try in the crown to ensure proper seating.
3. Dry the crown with gauze.
4. Open the cement packet, squeeze out its contents and mix together with the end of the cotton swab.
5. Fill the crown with the cement.
6. Place the crown on the tooth and bite down for 10 minutes.
7. Clean off any excess cement.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BLEACHING

1. Brush before and after bleaching.
2. Be consistent when you start bleaching your teeth.  Bleach for 10-14 days in a row.
3. Use bleaching material for only 30 minutes a day.
4. Your teeth are more susceptible to stain during bleaching and for 30 days after. Try to avoid dark foods and drinks (tea, coffee, red wine).
5. Rinse trays out gently to avoid distortion.  Do not place in hot water.
6. Teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold for several weeks.
7. Keep the gel you are using at room temperature.  Store all other tubes in the refrigerator.

Bridges

Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.

Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges.  Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, your dentist can only remove a fixed bridge.  .

Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.

Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.

Crowns

Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.

Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.

Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.

Procedures

A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is then made from the existing tooth to create a custom-designed crown.  The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.

Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.

Caring For Your Crowns

With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.

Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.


Dr Scott C. Province
and Associate
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
425 Madison Avenue, Suite 800

New York, NY 10017
(212) 682-8032