Replacing missing teeth is a great way to restore your bite function and enhance your smile and self-confidence. If you have teeth next to each other, a dental bridge is a convenient and relatively affordable solution to consider.
A bridge is a tooth-colored dental device used to replace missing teeth. A single bridge can replace up to three or more missing teeth next to each other. Bridges are customized to fit your mouth perfectly while still offering maximum comfort and esthetically appealing results.
Usually, there are four types of dental bridges.
Our dentist will inspect your mouth and suggest the best type of tooth bridge based on your needs.
After getting a dental bridge, it’s normal to experience some soreness, sensitivity, and how your bite feels. Fortunately, the discomfort fades away within a few days. Your dentist can prescribe some medication to manage the discomfort. You can use an ice pack for pain and apply fluoride toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Avoid any activities that can trigger discomfort during this healing period and delay healing. Avoid hot, spicy, acidic, crunchy, or hard food items. Good oral care is essential to prevent infection under the bridge, which can cause tooth decay. Acidic and sugary items can also contribute to tooth decay under the bridge.
Since a dental bridge is new to your mouth, it might take about two weeks to adjust to it fully. After that, the fixed bridge will feel as natural and comfortable as your natural teeth. If your bridge still feels uncomfortable or loose, it may be that the dentist didn’t properly install the bridge. You should notify your dentist immediately for a proper fit. Ill-fitting bridges can trap bacteria and plaque, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.
The bridge can also feel uncomfortable if it’s properly maintained. Make sure you brush and floss regularly to maintain healthy teeth and bridges. Also, avoid damaging habits like chewing pens, nails, and hard food items as they can cause the bridge to crack, chip, or break. Regular dental checkups can also help keep your bridges in perfect condition.
Your bridge should serve you for years with proper oral care and habits. On average, a bridge lasts for about 15 – 20 years. An implant-supported bridge can last for a lifetime. Use these tips to extend the life of your bridge:
A dental bridge restores your oral health, bite function, and aesthetics. It also provides a massive boost to your self-confidence and overall quality of life. For more information about dental bridges in Bristol, CT, contact Admire Dental – Bristol to book your appointment today.