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Dental crown, dental bridge follow up

author icon By Dr. George Ghidrai

Normally, after an indirect restoration (dental crown, dental bridge) is definitively cemented on the abutment teeth, no negative reactions occur.

However, minor side effects are possible :

  • If local anesthesia was performed, there may be a feeling of "numbness" on that side. This sensation usually disappears in few hours.

  • Light pain in the gums around the prepared teeth. To make the margin of the preparation as little visible as possible, a slight penetration below the gum is required. Pain intensity is low and it normally disappears within few days.

    Usually, no medication is needed although some light pain relievers may be prescribed.

  • Light pain or discomfort that occurs when biting down on something or the feeling that a part of the restoration is "too high". If this is the situation, the bite has to be readjusted. For this, it is necessary to call the dentist.

  • The patient may feel an increased sensitivity at thermal stimuli (cold or hot) or food stimuli (sweet, sour).

    If the pain gradually decreases in intensity, most often it will go away in a few days or weeks.

    If, on the contrary, the pain increases, it is necessary to contact the dentist. A variety of treatments are possible (depending on the cause) from bonding with specific agents to endodontic therapy.

  • When the pain is intense and appears suddenly, especially if it appears during the night, it is also advisable to contact the physician.

    If a prepared tooth is vital, sometimes, for various reasons, a pulp inflammation may occur. If this is the case, an endodontic treatment is required.

Generally, after the restoration is definitively cemented, it may take some time to get used to it ; however, after a short time (2 to 6 weeks), the crown or bridge should look, function, and feel like regular teeth.

!!!It is extremely important to report any kind of discomfort to your dentist. If not signalled in time, many conditions may unnecessary complicate the treatment.

Last review and update: November 2020

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