Dental Bridge Recovery and Aftercare
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.
Changing Your Diet Early On
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:
- Eat Soft Foods - Soft foods help reduce the amount of pressure exerted when you bite and chew. It’s best to go easy on your new bridge in the early days of recovery.
- Avoid Crunchy and Crispy Foods - Hard vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds, and tough meats should be avoided until your bridge isn’t so sensitive in order to avoid serious discomfort.
- Chew on the Opposite Side of Your Mouth - If your bridge is located on the right side of your mouth, be sure to chew on the left side of your mouth, and vice versa. This is a common sense way to avoid discomfort.
- Avoid Hot and Cold Temperature Foods/Drinks - Hot and cold temperatures can cause acute moments of sensitivity. When you have a new bridge, be sure to go for room temperature foods and beverages.
Attend All Follow-Up Visits for Your Bridge
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.
Adjusting to Your Dental Bridge
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.
Proper Oral Hygiene and Care for a Dental Bridge
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.
How Long Will My Dental Bridge Last?
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.
Learn More About Dental Bridges
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.