Crowns and Bridges in Denver, CO

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Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges can usually be completed in one appointment using modern CAD/CAM technology. During this visit, the teeth are prepared and a custom piece of porcelain will be fabricated to replace the missing parts of the tooth. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.

Avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth for the first 24 hours.

Remember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. After the bite is altered or the position of your teeth is changed it takes several days for the brain to recognize the new position of your teeth or their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call our offices so we can schedule an adjustment appointment.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after the appointment. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will be sensitive in the interim. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restorations. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen [Motrin] every 3-4 hours) should ease any residual discomfort.

Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and be speaking normally. You may notice increased salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should subside to normal in about a week.

Daily brushing and flossing are a must for your new dental work. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your new teeth, as are regular cleaning appointments.

Any food that can crack, chip or damage natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth. Avoid hard foods and substances (such as nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails or pencils) and sticky candies. Smoking will stain your new teeth. Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.

If you engage in sports let us know so we can make a custom mouth guard. If you grind your teeth at night, wear the night guard we have provided you. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take time.

Please contact us if you have any further questions or concerns.


I had a long overdue deep cleaning, root canal/crown, AND fillings within a month. Dr. Thurman, Morgan, Kathy and staff were very attentive and kind with not ONLY the procedures and explanations but with checking up on me after the root canal. Also great at helping me figure out my insurance coverage and payments. Dental Elements is GREAT.

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