Dental Bridge Recovery/Aftercare - Plymouth, NH
Getting a dental bridge placed leads to a necessary adjustment period. With crowns on teeth bookending an artificial tooth, you may notice some sensitivity and issues with the feel of your bite. Eating certain foods can be uncomfortable, and your mouth could feel a bit off when your top and bottom teeth make contact and are at rest. This is normal, and something Dr. Joan Kirschner discusses with every one of her Plymouth, NH patients.
Knowing that there is an adjustment period with dental bridges, patients can prepare themselves for recovery and the common side effects associated with the process. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to discuss recovery after a new dental bridge is placed as well as the ideal practices for good oral hygiene and aftercare.
How Long Does It Take to Get Used to a Bridge?
This can vary from patient to patient, but typically it takes around two weeks to adjust to the feel of a new dental bridge. Since there is a little bit of time for adjustment, the team at Plymouth General Dentistry often offers patients some advice for short-term and long-term recovery.
Tips for Minimizing Tooth Sensitivity
To reduce tooth sensitivity in the early days of dental bridge recovery, consider the following tips:
- Avoid foods that are hot or cold in temperature
- Eat soft foods that do not require a lot of chewing
- Try chewing on the opposite side of your mouth from your bridge
- Use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers if you need to
- Slowly return to crunchy, chewy, and tough foods as discomfort abates
Attend All Follow-Up Visits After Getting a Bridge
After getting a dental bridge placed, patients will have follow-up visits at the practice to monitor recovery and the results of treatment. Be sure to attend all of these follow-ups as scheduled. They can make a major difference when it comes to short-term healing and the long-term results of getting dental bridges.
Proper Oral Hygiene with a Dental Bridge
Proper oral hygiene with a dental bridge is simple. Patients should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Brushing and flossing after every meal is always the best policy.
For ideal results, be sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. A non-abrasive gel toothpaste designed for restorative dental work is great for prolonging the life of a bridge. Superfloss is a good option for thoroughly cleaning the spaces around the bridge.
In addition to good oral hygiene practices, be sure to visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups. Regular cleanings and exams are essential for cavity protection and checking on the condition of a bridge over time.
What If I Continue Having Problems with My Dental Bridge?
If your bridge continues to feel sore or sensitive weeks after it has been placed, be sure to speak with someone at our practice. It could be the sign of an issue that requires professional dental treatment.
Learn More About Dental Bridges
If you would like more information about dental bridges and how they can help you experienced improved dental wellness, be sure to contact our skilled team of cosmetic and restorative dentists. You can reach Plymouth General Dentistry by phone at (603) 536-4301.