Stainless Steel Crown Post-Operative Instructions...

  • Your child’s mouth (tooth, lip and/or tongue) will be sleeping for approximately 2 to 3 hours following the procedure. It is imperative you monitor your child and have him/her bite on the cotton rolls provided to prevent damage to his/her oral cavity.
  • Your child’s crown was secured with dental cement and will take about 12 hours to achieve its final set. A soft diet for the rest of the day is recommended.
  • Crowns may come off if your child eats sticky candies, chewing gum, lollipops, etc. Please avoid these as long as your child has any crowns on his/her teeth.
  • It is not unusual for the gum tissue around the crown to be red, and or irritated for several days. Salt-water rinses can be used.
  • Children’s Tylenol or Motrin may be used to treat any mild discomfort that may occur. This should subside within 24-48 hours after the procedure. Please contact our office if there is any indication of severe discomfort.
  • Brush the area gently today; thereafter you may resume normal brushing and flossing.
  • If the crown is on a baby tooth, it will fall out with the tooth when the permanent tooth is ready to erupt.

Should a crown become loose, please remove it and contact our office. This is not an emergency as the tooth under the crown is repaired and should not cause any discomfort to the child, however, your child will need to be seen in a timely manner to replace the crown.