Using temporary cement, a temporary crown will be placed to protect your teeth and gums while your permanent restoration is being created. Additionally, this temporary will help prevent adjacent teeth from shifting, which will help ensure that your permanent crown fits.
To make sure that the temporary stays in place between appointments, please be sure to:
- Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky or hard foods
- If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.
- Brush and floss carefully each day, using care to pull the floss out from the side as you floss next to the temporary instead of pulling it out from the top, which can loosen the temporary. We do offer a product called Superfloss, a thicker, sturdier floss- that may offer better control. Please let us know if you are interested in Superfloss.
- To ensure the proper fit of your final restoration, it is important that your temporary stays in place. If your temporary does come off, call us immediately so we can make an appointment to cement it back into place.
Please call our office if you experience the following:
- Your bite feels uneven
- You have persistent pain
It will take approximately 2 weeks for the fabrication of a porcelain laminate veneer.
Please be very careful with your teeth between the time of preparation for the veneers and the actual placement. Please be sure to let us know if there is anything you do not like about the temporaries- size, shape, or color- so that we can communicate that feedback to the lab.
You may have some sensitivity to hot and cold following treatment, along with tenderness around the gum and tooth for a day or two. This is normal and due to the removal of a small amount of enamel from the tooth, and it should disappear once the permanent veneers are placed. If the tenderness or sensitivity last longer, please contact our office.
The appointment for the insertion of the laminate is usually longer in length, but after this appointment, your treatment will be complete. Your laminates will be placed using a resin which is hardened by using light.
While the temporaries are fragile, they should be serviceable for the amount of time required to create your permanent restoration. However, the cement used to attach the temporaries is not as strong, so please use care while eating. Avoid sticky candies and any hard substances such as peanut brittle or popcorn hulls. Also, avoid biting on pencils, fingernails or ice until the permanent veneers are placed.
Whenever the position of your teeth or your bite itself is changed, it may take a few days to adjust to the new seating of your bite. If you detect any high spots or experience any problems once the numbness wears off, please call our office to schedule an adjustment.
You may also experience soreness and swelling in your gums for several days. Rinsing your mouth three times a day with warm salt water will relieve the pain and swelling. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water, gently swish, and then spit carefully.
Any discomfort can be alleviated by mild, over the counter pain medications. Please be sure to follow the instructions on the label or those provided by Dr. Lambrakos.
You may also notice that your speech may be altered for the first few days. This is normal and should not be cause for concern. You will quickly adapt to the new feel of your mouth and your normal speech should return quickly.
Please refrain from using either smoking or chewing tobacco products. Both products will quickly stain your temporaries.
Also, please refrain from drinking red wine, colas, coffee and tea, which can all stain both your teeth and your temporaries. Be sure to brush or rinse immediately after consuming them. Eating berries or other acidic foods can de-bond your veneers if frequently consumed, so please avoid eating them if at all possible.
If your temporary becomes loose, please press it back in place and call our office as soon as possible. It is still necessary to cement it back in using the temporary cement. If the temporary comes completely out, you can mix a small amount of petroleum jelly with a powder of some sort (baking soda, baking powder or flour), then line the temporary with the paste and place it back on the tooth. Push down with enough pressure to let your bite come together, but use care not to break it in half. Temporary cements are also available in drug stores if you are unable come in immediately.
It is important to maintain the health of your gum tissue while waiting on your permanent porcelain veneers. For the next two weeks, gently brush with a soft toothbrush and swish vigorously for at least 30 seconds daily with a mouthwash to remove daily plaque buildup.