After Care For Veneers Or Crowns, Implant Crowns & Bridges
It is normal for a new crown or veneers to feel strange in the mouth, the recovery period is typically only a day or two whilst you adjust to the change. There may be a mild irritation of the surrounding gum which is expected to subside within 24-48 hours.
Wait until you are no longer numb before attempting to eat anything. If you do, you risk biting or burning your tongue, cheek or palate as you will not be able to adequately feel your soft tissues until the local anaesthetic has worn off.
Your dentist may advise taking over-the-counter pain medication following your treatment such as ibuprofen, Panadol or a combination of both. These are best started before your local anaesthetic wares off as discomfort will be the most noticeable in the first few hours, ibuprofen can help in reducing the swelling of tissues surrounding the tooth/teeth.
Pain is not a common or expected side affect following crown or veneer treatment. Occasionally your bite can be altered following an insert appointment and you may need to see your dentist again for an adjustment. If you are experiencing pain that lasts more than 48 hours it is important you call us.
After your final appointment, your crown or veneers are now permanently cemented, and they are as strong as they ever will be. Once your local anaesthetic has worn off you can return to eating and drinking as per normal. It is common for patients to be hesitant to eat hard, sticky or chewy foods but you can gradually re-introduce these into your diet as you become more confident.
It is imperative that you practice diligent oral hygiene and be aware that dental crowns and veneers are still susceptible to decay of the remining tooth structure beneath the surface. It is important to continue to brush twice daily and floss once per day. If your crowns or veneers require specific care your Dentist will provide further instruction.