For most patients, the recovery period after a dental crown typically only lasts for a few days. While it is normal for patients to experience some sensitivity or discomfort during this time, the irritation and inflammation associated with the procedure generally subside fairly quickly.
Numbness from Anaesthetic
It's possible that your dentist used a local anesthetic during your procedure. If this is the case, the numbing effect will last for a few hours afterward before gradually wearing off. While your mouth is still numb, avoid hard foods and hot foods and liquids to help keep your mouth as safe as possible while you can't feel anything.
You may also experience some minor bruising and inflammation around the injection site, but this will subside on its own after a few days and does not usually necessitate 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 to a week after the procedure. If you are experiencing discomfort, you may consider taking over-the-counter pain medication to help manage your discomfort. Speak to your dentist about what they would recommend.
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 this feeling will fade and the crown will feel much like a natural tooth.
If after a week or so your bite still does not feel normal, 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 the same way as natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings, as necessary. In order to keep your teeth healthy and your crown in good working order, it is essential to practice good oral hygiene daily. Dental crowns can last for many years if they are maintained properly.