What do I Need to do to Prepare for Crown and Bridge Work? – An Overview

Getting a crown, a bridge, or a crown and bridge procedure is a straightforward procedure that involves very little from the patient. In most cases, your first visit will involve receiving a temporary crown or bridge. For this you’ll probably be asked to brush your teeth regularly in the days leading up to the procedure and then rinse with Listerine. Once the temporary crown or bridge is applied, you’ll be given an appointment for the permanent procedure. During this time, your dentist will create the final product for you and you should take care to follow the preparation instructions. Most of the preparation instructions involve taking care of the temporary crown. It is in place to protect the tooth or implant to which the dentist will be attaching your crown and bridge. Keeping it in good shape is important. To begin with, you’ll need to avoid certain kinds of food. Hard candy, chewy candies, hard and chewy breads, corn on the cob, apples, and other hard or sticky foods can dislodge your temporary crown and create a problem. Spicy foods can also irritate gums near the temporary crown so avoiding them is a good idea as well. It is also important to know that most crown and bridge work will attract extra bacteria. Brushing three times each day and using a quality antibacterial mouthwash is vital during this time and after the procedure as well. If an infection builds, it will be impossible for a dentist to apply your crown and bridge work and you’ll end up having to wait much longer. When flossing, pull the floss out from around the tooth with the crown instead of sliding it upwards to remove it. Doing so could pop out your temporary crown. In most cases, these are the only things you’ll need to do to prepare for crown and bridge work. The dentist will prepare your tooth by shaping it for a crown fitting which is the key preparation for the procedure but one they’ll handle on their own. If you can remember these basic points as well as any instructions your dentist gives you prior to the procedure, you should be able to prepare for your crown and bridge procedure easily and ensure that it all goes smoothly once you’re in the dental chair.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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