1. Reduction of tooth structure: In order to replace decayed or otherwise traumatized teeth it is necessary to modify the existing tooth or teeth so that crowns (caps) and / or bridges may be placed upon them. Tooth preparation will be done as conservatively as practical. In preparation of teeth. anesthetics are usually needed. At times there may be swelling, jaw muscle tenderness or even a resultant numbness of the tongue, lips, teeth, jaws and/or facial tissues which is usually temporary. or, rarely, permanent.
2. Sensitivity of teeth: Often. after the preparation of teeth for the reception of either crowns or bridges, the teeth may exhibit sensitivity. It may be mild to severe. This sensitivity may last only for a short period of time or may last for much longer periods, If it is persistent, notify us inasmuch as this sensitivity may be from some other source.
3. Crowned or bridge abutment teeth may require root canal treatment: Teeth after being crowned may develop a condition known as pulpitis or pulpal degeneration. The tooth or teeth may have been traumutized from so occident, deep decay, extensive preparation, or other causes. It is often necessary to do root canal treatments in these teeth. If teeth remain too sensitive for long periods of time following crowning, root canal treatment may he necessary, Infrequently, the tooth (teeth) may abscess or otherwise not heal which may require root canal treatment. root surgery, or possibly extraction.
4. Breakage: Crowns ant bridges may possibly chip or break. Many factors could contribute to this situation such as chewing excessively hard materials, changes in biting forces, traumatic blows to the mouth, etc. Unobservable cracks may develop in crowns from these causes, but the crowns / bridges may not actually break until chewing soft foods or possibly for no apparent reason.
Breakage or chipping seldom occurs due to defective materials or construction unless it occurs soon after placement.
5. Uncomfortable or strange feeling: This may occur because of the differences between natural teeth and the artificial replacements. Most patients usually become accustomed to this feeling in time. In limited situations, muscle soreness or tenderness of the jaw joints (TMJ) may persist for indemninable periods of time following placement of the prosthesis.
6. Esthetics or appearance: Patients will be given the opportunity to observe the appearance of crowns or bridges in place prior to final cementation When satifactory this fact is acknowledged by an entry into the patien''s chart initialed by patient
7. Longevity of crowns and bridges: There are many variables that determine "how long" crowns and bridges can be expected to last. Among these are some of the factors mentioned in preceding paragraphs. Additionally, general health, good oral hygiene, regular denial checkups, diet, etc., can affect longevity. Because of this, no guarantees can be made or assumed to be made.
8. It is it patient's responsibility to seek attention from the dentist should any undue or unexpected problems occur. The patient must diligentiy follow any and all instructions, including the scheduling and attending all appointments. Failure to keep the cementation appointment can result In ultimate failure of the crown/bridge to fit properly and an additional fee may be assessed.