If someone has lost a tooth or small set of teeth from one area of the mouth, a dental bridge can rebuild the smile. A dental bridge replaces the natural teeth to span gaps left by tooth loss. A dental bridge can be secured by dental implants or dental crowns. In either case, dental bridges restore the strength, function, and beauty of the smile.
Dental bridge treatment is straightforward and should not result in any complications, but our Kansas City, MO, patients should be prepared for a brief recovery period. Dr. John Goodman discusses dental bridge recovery and aftercare tips with our patients prior to treatment so that they heal from their procedure as smoothly as possible.
Dental Bridge Side Effects
Dental bridge treatment is a virtually painless procedure that typically results in minimal side effects. However, patients should expect to deal with a small degree of inflammation following treatment. In addition, many of our Kansas City patients experience heightened tooth sensitivity and minor discomfort as they adjust to their new dental restoration.
Any side effects that develop following dental bridge treatment should be short-lived and easily manageable. If more severe side effects develop or if side effects worsen rather than improve, it should be reported to Dr. Goodman so that any potential complications can be ruled out.
How Long Is Dental Bridge Recovery?
Patients can expect to recover from dental bridge treatment pretty quickly. Most side effects dissipate within just a few days, and since side effects are mild, individuals can go about all their usual routines and activities immediately following treatment.
Adjusting to a dental bridge can take a little longer than the actual recovery process. It can take several weeks before a dental bridge feels like a natural part of the smile. While a patient adjusts, the bite may feel slightly off, or the bridge may feel a little unusual. Once a patient has adjusted to the new restoration, it will be hardly noticeable at all, as it should feel just like the natural teeth.
Dental bridges are built to be strong and durable, so as soon as recovery is complete, they can be cared for just like the natural teeth. However, there are some aftercare tips that our Kansas City patients should follow to make their recovery and adjustment period a little easier:
- Stay away from especially hard or chewy foods
- If sensitivity is an issue, avoid foods that are extreme in temperature
- Switch to a toothpaste formulated for sensitivity
- Use over-the-counter pain medication to ease discomfort
- Continue to brush and floss as usual, being sure to clean around the bridge
- Maintain a schedule of routine dental exams and cleanings
Dental bridges rebuild smiles that have been compromised by tooth loss. If you would like to learn more about dental bridge treatment or the recovery process, contact us at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment with Dr. John Goodman. You can also call (816) 842-8585 to speak to a member of our dental team.