Dental Bridge Home Care Instructions

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Congratulations on finally receiving your new Dental Bridge! Not only do dental bridges replace missing teeth by literally bridging the gap between two adjacent teeth, they can also provide enhanced strength and improves esthetics to all the teeth involved. 

With proper home care and Teeth Cleanings and checkups at the dentist, your new dental bridge can last for many years. It is therefore important to follow the following steps. If you have any questions about your dental bridge home care instructions, please Contact Us.

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Temporary dental bridge Instructions

Oral Hygiene

  • In between visits, it is important to take care of the temporary bridge until you receive the final bridge.
  • Ideally, brush and floss your teeth after every meal.
  • Brush around the temporary dental bridge like normal.
  • When you floss, floss down between the tooth contacts. Remove the floss by pulling out through the side rather than pulling back up to avoid accidentally lifting off the temporary bridge. The temporary cement is not very strong.

Diet

  • The temporary bridge is not very strong and can break with enough biting force.
  • Hard foods such as nuts, crackers, crunchy pizza crusts, chips, and hard candies should be avoided for now.
  • If you were given local anaesthesia, allow time for the freezing to dissipate before eating normally. Start with a soft diet and chew slowly, being careful not to bite your cheek, lip or tongue.

Pain, Sensitivity and/or Swelling

  • It’s possible to temporarily experience hot and cold tooth sensitivity after the first dental bridge appointment; this will go away within a day or two.
  • You can brush your teeth using a desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne or Colgate Pro-relief.
  • You may also take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil) for pain as you need it.
  • If you experience any swelling or discomfort on the gum around the tooth, this will typically disappear within a day or two.

 

Permanent dental bridge Instructions

Oral Hygiene

  • While the dental bridge itself cannot decay, the tooth structure that sits just below the bridge is at risk of cavities. Special care must be taken to keep this tooth structure clean. 
  • Ideally you should floss and brush after every meal. Not doing so can result in cavities around the bridge or gum disease. You can lose the bridge as a result.
  • The most difficult area is under the pontic (fake tooth). Begin by passing floss under the pontic with either floss threaders or Superfloss. Wrap the floss around the real tooth. Slide it up and down to clean the tooth surface of any plaque or food trapping. Then slide the floss onto the next tooth and repeat the process.
  • Water flossers like the Waterpik may also be helpful; these devices are like power washers for your teeth, shooting a fine jet of water at the targeted area to help remove debris.

Diet

  • You can eat any types of food like normal with your permanent bridge.
  • Foods with highly refined sugars such as sugary drinks, candies, and sweet syrups should also be avoided because they increase your risk of cavities forming underneath your bridge.
  • If you were given local anaesthesia at the time your final dental bridge was inserted, allow time for the freezing to dissipate before eating normally. Start with a soft diet and chew slowly, being careful not to bite your cheek, lip or tongue.

Pain, Sensitivity and/or Swelling

  • It’s possible to temporarily experience hot and cold sensitivity once the permanent bridge is inserted; this will go away within a day or two.
  • You can brush your teeth using a desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne or Colgate Pro-relief.
  • You may also take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil) for pain as you need it.
  • If you experience any swelling or discomfort on the gum around the tooth, this will typically disappear within a day or two.

Uneven Bite

  • In most patients, the bite is normal after the dental bridge in cemented.
  • However, it can be difficult to sense the bite when your mouth is numb from local anaesthesia.
  • Excessive biting force on the dental bridge can cause the dental bridge to fracture or loosen.
  • If you find that your bite is uneven or the tooth bridge feels high, contact us and we can adjust the bite free of charge.

Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings

  • You must be committed not only to daily brushing and flossing at home, but to regular visits to your dentist. It is recommended that you see your dentist at least once a year for a check-up and at least every 6 months for a dental cleaning. Your dentist will assess the integrity of your dental bridge as well as signs of dental decay so that they can be treated while still small.

 

Common Problems with Dental Bridges

Bridge Becoming Loose or Falling Off

Your dental bridge is retained by a special dental cement. Over time, the cement can get old, brittle and wash away, resulting in the bridge becoming loose or falling off. Depending on the condition of the tooth and bridge, the dental bridge may be recemented back on by your dentist.

Bridge Fractures, Breaking or Chipping

Bridges made of all porcelain or porcelain fused to metal can sometimes chip. If the chip is small, it may be repaired with a small composite resin or the rough surface can be smoothed away. If the chipping is extensive, a new bridge may be required.

Allergic Reaction

If your dental bridge was made with a base metal alloy, an allergic reaction to the metals can occur, but this is extremely rare. At Atlas Dental, we do not use base metal alloys for dental bridges.

Dark Line on Bridged Tooth Next to the Gum Line

If you have an older generation porcelain-fused-to-metal bridge, a dark line next to the gum line of the bridge tooth may be present. This is normal, and is simply the metal of the bridge showing through. Some patients find this dark line cosmetically unacceptable. Your Toronto dentist at Atlas Dental will be able to provide you with alternatives.

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