Dental Bridge Aftercare
If you’re missing a tooth, Dr. Danny O’Keefe will likely recommend a dental bridge. Dental bridges consist of a false tooth bookended by two dental crowns, which are anchored onto teeth adjacent to the gap. When a bridge is in place, a tooth gap is filled and your ability to bite and chew is restored. This has been an effective option for replacing missing teeth for many years, and we’ve used dental bridges to restore countless smiles in the greater Jackson, MS area.
Good aftercare of a dental bridge can make a major difference for overall dental health and wellness. The Family Dental Care team would like to consider what patients will experience after a bridge is placed.
Adjusting to Your Dental Bridge
Since a dental bridge fills a tooth gap while simultaneously capping nearby teeth, the appliance tends to change the feel within a person’s mouth. Biting, chewing, and speaking can all be potentially affected by the new bridge. Oftentimes, patients experience tooth sensitivity because of the new bridge and its crowns.
How Long Is the Adjustment Period?
Thankfully, the adjustment period for dental bridges is only about two weeks long. Patients will notice improvements in their problems each day, particularly when it comes to discomfort and the feel of their bite. Eventually the bridge will feel like a natural part of your mouth.
Tips for Dealing with Tooth Sensitivity
Consider the following tips in the days after having a dental bridge placed:
- Avoid Hot and Cold Food Items - Since extremes in temperature can cause tooth sensitivity, you should try to eat foods and drink beverages that are lukewarm or room temperate.
- Stick with Soft Foods at the Start - Crunchy and tough foods can place a lot of pressure on a tender new bridge. Make sure your diet is primarily soft foods for the first few days.
- Use a Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth - You can’t skip regular oral hygiene with a new bridge, so consider a toothpaste for sensitive teeth to help keep your mouth clean.
- Take Pain Relievers If Needed - Discomfort from a new bridge is typically minimal, but patients can take over-the-counter pain relievers if they feel the need to.
Proper Cleaning and Maintenance
Keeping your dental bridge clean is as simple as a normal oral hygiene routine:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
- Floss your teeth at least once a day (ideally after every meal)
- Visit your dentist twice a year for routine cleanings and maintenance
How Long Will My Dental Bridge Last?
On average, a dental bridge will last about 10 years. Good oral hygiene and upkeep can extend the life of a bridge, so be sure to brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly.
What If I Experience Issues with My Dental Bridge?
If you do not notice any improvements in the feel of your dental bridge after a week, be sure to speak with your dentist as soon as possible. This could be the sign of a problem that requires professional attention.
Learn More About Your Dental Care Options
If you would like more information about dental bridges, treatments for tooth loss, and other topics relate to dental wellness, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. The team at Family Dental Care is here for you. You can reach us by phone at (601) 936-2526.