Given the way that dental bridges are placed, it’s not uncommon for patients to experience some mild discomfort and tooth sensitivity in the days after the bridge is on. It will take a little time for the capped teeth to accommodate the crown in place, or for your jawbone to get used to the presence of a dental implant. Dr. Joseph Perry and Dr. Thomas Shields remind their San Antonio, TX patients that they should be patient while adjusting to the new bridge.
There are many ways to help reduce discomfort and sensitivity once the bridge is on, which is what we’d like to focus on below. The team at River City Dental Solutions can answer more questions about proper recovery and aftercare of a bridge during a consultation.
The best way to avoid serious pain after a dental bridge is in place is to make adjustments to your diet in the first days that you have a bridge. We recommend the following:
After getting a bridge placed, there will be multiple follow-up visits with our San Antonio dental care team to ensure you’re doing okay. We can discuss any issues you’re experiencing at these follow-up visits. You can also contact us between follow-ups if you have any concerns.
Over the course of a week or so, you should notice a gradual getting used to the bridge. Continue to eat soft foods and avoid chewing directly on your bridge until you can do so comfortably.
Using a cold compress against your face for up to 20 minutes at a time can help manage soreness. Be sure to leave the compress off for 20 minutes before applying it again. If you still experience pain or soreness, you can take over-the-counter pain medication as directed.
When cleaning a dental bridge, be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
Brush with a non-abrasive gel toothpaste and be sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. To clean the area under and around the bridge thoroughly, use a proxybrush or superfloss.
A dental bridge can last anywhere from 5 years to 15 years, and the lifespan will depend on the location of the bridge, the patient’s dental health, and the patient’s oral hygiene practices.
Whenever you need a new/replacement bridge, our San Antonio dentists will be here for you. We can craft a brand new custom bridge that will last for years, helping you bite, chew, and smile with total confidence.
For more information about dental bridges and why they may be right for you, be sure to contact our skilled cosmetic and restorative dentists. The team at River City Dental Solutions can be reached by phone at (210) 499-4746.
Dr Perry is a great dentist. Very kind and informative. I feel like he is personally invested in my health. He always takes the time to sit and discuss any issues I'm having - I never feel like they're rushing me out.