Following Preparation for Crown and Bridge Treatment

Just got a crown or bridge?

Your gums and teeth may be very tender after multiple crown preparations. To speed healing, dissolve one teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water, alternately swishing and spitting until the glass is empty. Repeat this process two to three times a day.

When brushing, use a soft bristled brush. Gently massage gums and teeth as instructed by your hygienist. Plaque must be removed daily to speed healing of the gum tissue.

Massage gums with your finger to stimulate the tissue. The healthier your gums, the better you temporaries will feel.

Avoid sticky foods (gum, taffy, caramels, etc.) chewing ice, nuts and hard candy.
Floss your temporary crowns gently. Just clean and pull the floss out to the side so the temporary crown will not “pop” off.

If the temporary crown should loosen or come off, please call Baer Smith Family Dentistry as soon as possible to have it re-cemented. It is very important that temporary crowns stay in place while waiting for the permanent crown to be placed in your mouth, as they prevent the teeth from shifting. If the teeth shift, the permanent crowns may not fit correctly.

If the nerve tissues inside your teeth were unhealthy before treatment, they may become symptomatic at this time. If the tooth does not settle down after the initial tenderness passes, please contact Dr. Smith or Dr. Baer.

Hot food or beverages can be harmful to anesthetized tissue. Please avoid drinking hot coffee, etc., until the numbness wears off.

If any unusual symptoms occur or if you have any questions regarding your post-treatment care, please call Baer Smith Family Dentistry.

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Mallory Heath
Mallory Heath

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I avoided seeing a dentist for years because I was so afraid. I’m so grateful I found Dentistry NW. The staff is amazing and were so patient with me and all the challenges my anxiety brings. I’ve never felt more comfortable in a dentists chair. The dental assistant even held my hand while I got my shots! Love this office so much.

Jeff Strong
Jeff Strong

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

These people (especially Brenda) have been tracking my teeth for many years. I appreciate the thoughtful way they do just what is necessary, and at the right time. They even are careful to avoid unnecessary costs.

James W
James W

5 out of 5 stars

posted 9 months ago

Dr. Baer has been my dentist for many years, since he began practicing at the old Tacoma Mall location. Though support staff has changed over the years, they have always been friendly and conscientious. All needed dental procedures have been well explained with alternatives given. Hygienists also well appreciated for care they take. State of the art with spirit of family dentistry.

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1628 S. Mildred #206 • Tacoma, WA 98465 Phone: (253) 460-1800 • Fax: (253)460-0697

Office Hours:
Monday...................................8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Tuesday...................................8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Wednesday.............................8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Thursday.................................7:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Friday.......................................7:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Saturdays by Appointment only between
8:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

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