Preparing for a Dental Bridge: What to Expect

senior couple smile after getting dental bridges

Dental bridges are a great option to cover missing teeth in your smile. Dental bridges use surrounding teeth as an anchor and have natural-looking teeth in the middle to cover the gap.

We know it’s stressful to have a significant restoration process completed. It’s helpful to know what to expect when coming in for your dental bridge appointment. Let’s take a look at what will happen and how to prepare for a dental bridge.

The Process

The first step is to prep the surrounding teeth for the dental bridge. The process involves removing some enamel for the dental bridge to fit over them comfortably.

The next step is creating an impression of your teeth. The impression will be used to create your permanent dental bridge, and it will match the shape of the rest of your teeth. While waiting for the permanent dental bridge, our team will put in a temporary bridge.

At your follow-up appointment, we will place the permanent dental bridge and make any necessary adjustments. The dental bridge is complete once your new bridge looks natural and feels comfortable.

The Recovery

It may be strange at first to have a dental bridge, especially if you are used to gaps in your mouth. Adjusting to a dental bridge is natural and temporary. You may notice tooth sensitivity, soreness, and changes in the feeling of your bite and mouth. Eventually, these symptoms will go away, and you won’t notice the dental bridge anymore. Give yourself about two weeks to adjust to your new bridge.

The Maintenance

One common concern people have about dental bridges is the cleaning process. Bridges don’t need any extra care. You can treat them like the rest of your natural teeth. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every day. That’s all you need to do to take care of your bridge.

It’s also essential to have your dental checkup every six months. A dental team can check that your bridge is still in good condition.

Ready for a Dental Bridge?

If you’re interested in getting a dental bridge, schedule a consultation with our office. We can discuss the best dental restoration option for you and go over what to expect. We look forward to helping you gain back your smile and confidence!

Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

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