A single missing tooth or a row of missing teeth can detract from the appearance of your smile. More importantly, however, gaps and spaces can have a negative impact on your overall function and oral health.
At Davis Dental in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Mark Davis uses dental bridges to complete your smile and preserve the health of your teeth and gums. Here, our team discusses dental bridge aftercare and how you can maintain your bridge for years to come.
Dental bridges have been used to replace missing teeth for decades. This restoration can be crafted from a variety of materials, including metal, zirconia, ceramic, or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
A bridge is comprised of two dental crowns with artificial teeth in between them. The crowns are bonded onto the natural adjacent teeth and the prosthetic teeth “bridge” the gap in your smile. Generally, the dental bridge treatment process can be completed in just two office visits.
Immediately after the placement of your bridge, you may experience slight tenderness and sensitivity in the area. These side effects are typical and generally diminish after a few days. To ease any discomfort, take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen.
Though the area may be tender, it is important to keep it clean. Brush and floss within your comfort level and use an antibacterial rinse to keep harmful bacteria at bay.
Once your bridge has been permanently bonded into place, you can enjoy a beautiful, functional smile. To keep your new restoration looking and feeling great for years to come, follow a few simple guidelines:
If you are considering a dental bridge or recently had one placed, proper maintenance can protect your smile and your investment. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or give us a call at (480) 595-1300.