It generally takes a few days to recover after getting a dental crown placed. While it is normal for patients to have a bit of discomfort or sensitivity during this time, the inflammation and irritation from this procedure usually go away fairly quickly.
Numbness from Anaesthetic
Your dentist may have used a local anesthetic during your procedure, and if they did, you will still feel the numbing effects for a few hours after your procedure before it gradually wears off.
Make sure your mouth is as safe as possible while you are eating, and avoid food and drinks that are hot, to prevent injuring your mouth while it is still numb.
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
You will probably have some minor pain and discomfort after the numbness from the anesthesia has cleared up. This usually goes away in several days, or a few weeks at the most, after the procedure has been finished.
If you're having discomfort, we recommend taking over-the-counter pain medication to help you manage this discomfort. In many cases, Ibuprofen is prescribed to patients to help relieve their pain and make them more comfortable during the recovery process. But, talk to your dentist before taking any kind of pain medication.
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 Dental 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, however, you will most likely stop noticing it altogether.
However, if your bite isn't feeling normal after a week, your crown might have to be adjusted so it can fit properly. In this situation, we recommend scheduling a follow-up visit 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.