After a dental crown has been placed, the recovery period typically lasts for a few days at most. Although it's normal for patients to experience some sensitivity or discomfort during this time, the irritation and inflammation associated with the procedure will subside fairly quickly in most cases.
Numbness from Anaesthetic
If your dentist used a local anesthetic during your procedure, it's possible that the numbing effect will last for a few hours afterward before gradually wearing off.
In order to keep your mouth as safe as possible when you're eating, stay away from hot foods and liquids to avoid injuring your mouth while it's numb to pain.
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
After the numbing effect from the anesthesia has worn off, it is likely that you will experience some minor discomfort and pain. This usually subsides within a few days, or at the most, a few weeks, of the procedure is completed.
If you are feeling pain or discomfort after your procedure, you should consider taking over-the-counter pain medication. Ibuprofen is frequently prescribed to patients in order to alleviate pain and make them more comfortable while they recover, but it is important to speak to your dentist before taking any sort of medication for pain.
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.
Life with Your New Crown
During your recovery period, you need to avoid eating anything that is hard, sticky, or chewy for the first 24 hours. Over the following days and weeks after 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, however, you will most likely stop noticing it altogether.
If, however, your bite does not feel normal after about a week, 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.