What to Expect After Your Bridge is Placed

What to Expect After Your Bridge is Placed

If you’re considering a dental bridge, you may wonder what the process is like and what you can expect afterward. There are four types of dental bridges available here at The Woodlands Dental Group in The Woodlands, Texas, and the recovery details vary depending on which type of bridge you receive.

In this blog, David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, explain the types of bridges, what you can expect during your procedure, and what you can expect afterward.

The four types of bridges

No matter your situation, there is likely a bridge that can replace your lost tooth. There are four types of bridges, and they are as follows:

Traditional bridge

A traditional bridge consists of two crowns with an artificial tooth in the middle. The two crowns are cemented onto the teeth on each side of the missing tooth.

Cantilever bridge

A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge except that it only requires one crown instead of two.

Maryland bridge

A Maryland bridge — which is for the front teeth — has two “wings,” one on each side of the artificial tooth. The wings are bonded to the backs of the teeth on each side of the gap.

Implant-supported bridge

An implant-supported bridge is a bridge that is supported by a dental implant rather than your natural teeth.

How bridges are placed

In the case of a traditional bridge, the teeth on each side of the gap are meticulously filed and shaped in order to support the crowns that will be bonded to them. A local anesthetic keeps you comfortable during this step.

Once the teeth are prepared, your provider takes impressions of your mouth and places a temporary bridge. Your permanent bridge is then manufactured using the impression as a guide. Afterward, you may feel a little soreness or sensitivity to hot and cold. Any tenderness is temporary. 

When you return to have your bridge placed, your provider removes your temporary bridge and checks to make sure your permanent bridge fits. Once everything checks out, your provider cleans and drys the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth.

In some cases, your provider may also apply a desensitizing agent to these teeth to help reduce sensitivity. Then your provider places the bridge, bonding the crowns to the adjacent teeth. Once the bonding agent is set, your provider removes any excess cement. 

If you opt for an implant-supported bridge, your procedure involves more steps. Namely, your implant post must be surgically implanted into your jawbone. It can then take a number of months for your jawbone to heal.

What to expect after your bridge is placed

Once your bridge is placed, you can expect:

Not only do dental bridges improve the look and function of your mouth, but they also help prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of place. Dental bridges also restore your facial structure.

With good at-home oral hygiene and regular cleanings from the team here at The Woodlands Dental Group, dental bridges can last up to 15 years. Good oral care includes daily brushing with fluoride-containing toothpaste and regular flossing.

If you have questions about flossing under your bridge, don’t hesitate to ask. Our team is always happy to answer questions, recommend the right types of floss or floss aids, and demonstrate proper hygiene techniques.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, we can help restore your smile. To learn more, call 281-367-3085 to book an appointment with The Woodlands Dental Group today.

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