If you have missing or damaged teeth, a dental crown or bridge can be just the solution to restore your smile. The process of installing one of these implants is relatively simple and a common procedure in all dental offices. Once you get home, however, it’s up to you to make sure that your mouth heals properly. Follow these tips to ensure that your recovery goes off without a hitch.
Avoid Certain Foods
Immediately after the procedure, your mouth may still be numb from local anesthetic, so you’ll want to be careful when eating and avoid hot food or drink that may burn your mouth. It’s also important to avoid sticky or hard food for a period of time so you don’t dislodge your crown or bridge—no chewing gum or crunching on ice cubes! To be extra safe, chew your food on the opposite side of your mouth from the implant for the first 24–48 hours after receiving your implant.
It’s normal to feel some discomfort in the first few days after your bridge or crown is installed. Over-the-counter medications can provide relief if your mouth is feeling sore. If your gums are swollen or sensitive around the implant, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to reduce these side effects. Soon enough, you won’t even notice your new bridge or crown.
Regular Oral Hygiene
Maintaining healthy oral habits after your procedure is key to ensuring a speedy recovery, so be sure to continue brushing and flossing twice a day. As always, don’t brush too vigorously, especially in the area surrounding the bridge or crown. Be particularly gentle when flossing around the implant. Keeping your mouth clean will prevent infection.
Dental Crowns & Bridges in San Antonio, Texas
At Chandler Dental Center, we strive to provide the best care available. Our team will guide you throughout the recovery process and are always happy to answer your questions. If you think you need a crown or bridge, schedule an appointment with us today!
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