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.

Dentistry NW
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Pam Otto
Pam Otto

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

I love dentistry NW. They are a caring group of people. I have been going here for over 30 years. Joni is awesome and the rest of the staff is good too.

Teri Kruse
Teri Kruse

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

Dentistry Northwest is hands-down the best dental care I have had in my entire life. Not only are they professional, they are friendly and I feel like family there. Everybody is just fabulous and they take the best care of my family.
One of the things that I appreciate the most is the sense of collaboration in my dental care. My hygienist always has information for me and often times something actually printed for me to take. Dr. Smith is just a character and I enjoy visiting with him if nothing else!
I am older and have had questionable things done to my teeth over the years. Dr. Smith and his staff have brought much of this up-to-date and keep my mouth, teeth and gums as healthy as possible. They are simply the best

L Noble
L Noble

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

I have enjoyed my experience with this dental office for 30 years. As the practice has changed hands, the staff, dentists, and office has remained at an exemplary standard. They hire the best, and perform top tier at industry standards. I enjoy their positive, upbeat style of making the client feel welcomed and relaxed. They always go the extra mile. I enjoy my experience always.

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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.

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