Before you receive your permanent crown or bridge you will first receive a temporary restoration. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you will need to be careful when cleaning and eating. The area should be brushed gently and do not pull up on the tooth when flossing as the tooth may become dislodged. The same goes for eating, avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary in place.
You may experience some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or the permanent is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. Using a warm salt water rinse will help, you can also take Advil or Tylenol if the pain persists.
When the permanent crown or bridge is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, which should feel like your natural tooth in about a week. Let your dentist know if your bite feels abnormal in any way. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth. You should brush and floss regularly.