Dental bridges are one of the best restorative dentistry treatments for patients who have lost a single tooth or up to three teeth from the same area of the mouth. Traditional dental bridges are made up of the pontic piece, which consists of one to three artificial teeth, along with two dental crowns on either side. The dental crowns are affixed to the natural teeth adjacent to the missing teeth, allowing the bridge to fill in the empty space.
Dental bridge treatment has a high success rate and minimal risk of complications. While patients are unlikely to deal with any major side effects after dental bridge treatment, they should still anticipate a short recovery period.
The experienced dentists at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group prepare patients for what to expect regarding dental bridge recovery and aftercare following treatment at our Boston, MApractice.
Potential Side Effects
Patients should not experience any major side effects following dental bridge treatment. However, it is common for patients to deal with some minor symptoms as they recover from dental bridge placement.
The three most common side effects of dental bridge treatment are:
- Increased tooth sensitivity
Each of these symptoms should be short-lived and manageable with proper aftercare.
How Long Is Recovery?
It does not take long to recover from dental bridge treatment. Side effects typically subside in less than a week. Even when side effects are present, they are often minor; most patients can return to their regular activities, including work, immediately.
Although the mouth should heal fairly quickly after dental bridge treatment, it may take a little longer for patients to adjust to the dental bridge. The bite may feel slightly off for a week or two as patients get used to the feel of the crowns and bridge.
Some patients even develop a slight speech impediment in the days immediately following bridge placement, but this should go away once the tongue adjusts to having the bridge in place.
If any discomfort or unusual feelings persist for longer than a few weeks, it is worth reporting to the dentist to make sure that the fit of the bridge doesn’t need to be adjusted.
Proper aftercare is key to the short- and long-term success of dental bridge treatment. We will provide patients with explicit instructions regarding how to best care for their dental bridge after treatment.
In addition, we are happy to provide tips for keeping your dental bridge recovery as comfortable as possible.
- Use over-the-counter pain medication, if needed, to reduce discomfort
- Apply an ice pack to the outside of the mouth to control swelling
- Avoid extreme hot or cold temperatures until tooth sensitivity subsides
- Refrain from eating crunchy or sticky foods until swelling and discomfort are gone
- Continue to brush and floss the teeth as usual
If you have experienced tooth loss and would like to learn more about dental bridge treatment, contact us at your earliest convenience. The experienced team of dentists at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group would be happy to let you know if you are ideal candidate for this procedure. To set up a personal consultation, call us at (617) 523-5451.