You’re finally done – the dental crown procedure is complete and you can’t wait to get back to your normal routine. But hold on just a moment before you dive right back in. 

While dental crowns are designed to last for many years, it’s important to properly care for your new crown in the first few days following the procedure to ensure it seats well and your gums heal properly. 

Let us walk you through the basic post-op instructions dentists provide after a crown placement so you know what to expect and how to speed your recovery. From dealing with swelling or pain to caring for your new crown, following these tips will help you feel back to your comfortable self in no time. Let’s get started with what you need to know for a speedy recovery!

While dental crowns are durable and designed to last for many years, the initial days following the procedure are crucial. Your gums need time to heal, and the crown needs to settle perfectly into its designated place. Paying attention to post-operative care instructions is the best way to ensure a successful recovery.

Dealing with Swelling or Pain

It’s completely normal to experience some swelling or discomfort after a dental crown procedure. To manage this:

  1. Cold Compress: Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth for around 15-20 minutes at a time to reduce pain and swelling. This simple technique can be quite helpful. 
  2. Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers: If your dentist approves, you may take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed for added comfort.
  3. Elevate Your Head: While resting, keep your head elevated with an extra pillow. This can minimize swelling and promote a more comfortable recovery.

Caring for Your New Crown

Proper care for your newly crowned tooth is crucial for its longevity. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Avoid Chewy or Sticky Foods: Especially in the first few days, steer clear of chewy or sticky foods that could dislodge the crown. Opt for softer, easy-to-chew options.
  2. Mindful Brushing and Flossing: Continue your regular oral hygiene routine as you usually do, but be extra gentle around the crowned tooth. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and carefully floss to prevent any damage.
  3. Limit Alcohol and Tobacco: Both alcohol and tobacco can slow down the healing process. It’s advisable to limit or avoid them during your recovery period.

What to Expect in the Coming Days

  1. Temporary Sensitivity: It’s common to experience temporary sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. This should subside as your tooth adjusts to the new crown.
  2. Gum Tenderness: Your gums may feel a bit tender, especially around the treated area. Rinsing your mouth gently with warm saltwater can provide relief.
  3. Check Your Bite: If you notice any discomfort or if your bite feels uneven, contact your dentist promptly for an adjustment.

Follow-Up Appointments

Don’t forget to attend any follow-up appointments scheduled by your dentist. These check-ups are crucial for ensuring your crown is settling in perfectly, and any adjustments needed can be addressed promptly.

Maintaining Long-Term Oral Health

Once you’ve navigated the initial recovery period, maintaining your oral health is key to the longevity of your dental crown. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Regular Dental Check-Ups: Regular dental check-ups are vital to maintain the overall health of your teeth and gums. By keeping up with your routine visits, you can ensure that any issues are detected early and addressed promptly. So, don’t forget to schedule your appointments and take care of your oral health!
  2. Professional Cleanings: Schedule regular professional cleanings to remove plaque and prevent any issues around the crowned tooth.
  3. Communicate Any Concerns: If you experience any issues or changes in your oral health, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist. Early detection and intervention can prevent potential complications.

Remember, we’re here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to our office. Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities. Wishing you a speedy and smooth recovery!

Reach Out to Us for Any Issues or Complications!

At River District Smiles Dentistry, we offer dental crown lengthening, a valuable procedure that promotes healthy gums and enhances the overall appearance of your smile. 

Following our post-operative instructions and adhering to recommended aftercare practices is crucial for a successful recovery and to achieve the desired results. By diligently following these guidelines and maintaining proactive dental hygiene, you can enjoy the benefits of improved gum health and a beautiful smile for years to come. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated dental team if you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental crown lengthening or its aftercare. We are here to provide you with guidance, support, and ensure your optimal oral health and overall satisfaction.