You have just had one or several teeth prepared for a porcelain restoration. Modern dental ceramics are a new material designed to restore teeth as close as possible to their natural state. They are a marriage of plastics and porcelains that mimic your own tooth enamel (the hard white outer layer of the tooth) in both colour and texture. More importantly, modern ceramic mimics tooth enamel in its wear ability and strength.
There are a few important things you need to know about the next few days before we bond your final restoration:
Your tooth or teeth have just been treated.
After any treatment, teeth that may never have had any discomfort may begin to bother you. Removing old restorations and removing decay can cause the tooth’s nerve to act up. The lack of pain prior to treatment is not an indication of any decay; it is an indication that the tooth has not abscessed yet. Whenever your tooth is drilled into there is some bruising that takes place in the live part of the tooth called the tooth’s pulp. This pulp contains nerve fibers that are irritated by the bruising. The bruising makes the tooth’s nerve fibers touchier to cold sensations. You may expect that for the first two or three days you will want to be careful with cold fluids and food on the prepared teeth. Please call us if you are having any problems with handling the cold sensitivity over the next few days.
There are temporary restorations on your prepared teeth.
To keep your tooth comfortable unitl you receive your ceramic restoration we placed a temporary restoration in or on the prepared teeth. Please refer to the section dealing with temporary restorations.
What will happen at the next appointment?
When you return for your next appointment your ceramic restoration will be waiting for you. We will need to numb your tooth and place a rubber dam to isolate the area. We use a very technique sensitive procedure to bond the restoration into your tooth. When we are done your tooth will be stronger and ready to use for years of chewing.