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How Long Does It Take To Get Used To A Dental Bridge?

If you’re missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge is a great solution to restore your smile and improve your oral health. But what can you expect when you get a dental bridge? How long does it take to adapt to the new appliance?

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of one or more artificial teeth (called pontics) that are attached to two or more dental crowns. The crowns are placed over the remaining teeth on either side of the gap to hold the bridge securely in place. Bridges are made with  porcelain so they match your natural tooth color. .

Reasons for getting a dental bridge

Bridges can help restore your smile and give you the confidence you need to interact with others. They can also help improve your oral health by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting out of place. This can cause problems with your bite and lead to further dental issues down the road.

The process of getting a dental bridge

During a consultation visit with your dentist,  will examine your teeth and gums to determine whether a bridge is the right solution for you. If a bridge is recommended, your dentist will prepare the teeth on both sides of the open space,  make a temporary bridge to protect the prepared teeth, and take impressions that are sent to a dental laboratory to have the bridge custom-made.

Once your bridge is ready, you’ll return to your dentist’s office to have the temporaries removed, cleaned, and the final bridge will be placed.  Your dentist will carefully check the fit of the bridge and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that it feels comfortable and looks natural. You may need to return for additional adjustments over the next few weeks to ensure that the bridge fits properly and feels comfortable.

During the first few days after getting your bridge, you may experience some sensitivity or soreness around the area where the bridge is attached. This is normal and should subside within a few days. You may also need to adjust your diet during this time to avoid putting too much pressure on the bridge.

As you get used to your new bridge, you’ll likely find that it feels more comfortable and natural. Your dentist can provide you with tips and advice on how to make the transition as smooth as possible.

How to care for your dental bridge

Caring for your dental bridge is important to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. You should brush your bridge twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You should also floss around the bridge to remove any food particles or debris that may have become trapped.

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, you should also see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Your dentist can examine your bridge and make sure that it is still in good condition. They can also clean your bridge to remove any plaque or tartar buildup that may have accumulated.

Dental Bridges at Maine Dentistry

Getting a dental bridge is a great way to restore your smile and improve your oral health. While it may take some time to get used to your new appliance, with proper care and maintenance, your bridge can last for many years.

If you’re considering a dental bridge, please contact one of our convenient offices today. 

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