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Adjusting To And Caring For Your New Bridge

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If you have recently gotten a fixed dental bridge anchored to a crown or two, there is no doubt that you need to make adjustments getting used to and cleaning it. Your dentist has probably already given you a care sheet, but you may still have questions or concerns.  Below are some common concerns that many people have about adjusting to and caring for a fixed dental bridge.

Adjusting to bridges:

At first, your dentist may have given you a temporary bridge while your permanent bridge is being made. This gives you time to adjust to the bridge before the final installation. Your temporary bridge may feel strange or have gaps that should be lessened when your permanent bridge is installed. Your first foods with your new bridge should be soft until you get used to it. Most people feel mild discomfort for about three to five days. If you are experiencing any pain, such as pinching or headaches, see your dentist immediately. 

Cleaning your bridge:

Cleaning your bridge, and any abutment crowns being used as anchors, is not different from cleaning your other teeth, except for one crucial thing. Begin your routine by brushing and flossing all of your teeth as usual with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. The bridge and crowns will also need to be flossed and the area underneath the fake tooth will need special treatment. Special dental threaders are available just for this purpose. Proxy brushes and water picks also are helpful to keep food and calculus from forming underneath the bridge. You may need to floss underneath after each meal.

Following up with your dentist:

Even after you've worn your bridge for a long time, you will still need to see the dentist and have them adjusted as you get older. This may be done during your usual dental visits unless the bridge is causing problems. Bridges that are severely cracked or broken may have to be removed and replaced. Permanent bridges should last at least ten to fifteen years or more with regular dental care.

Getting used to your bridge and keeping it clean isn't hard once everything is in place and adjusted. Some discomfort and odd sensations is normal at first, but should go away once the bridge has settled in. If you are experiencing anything unusual with your bridge, or are having problems keeping them clean, see your dentist (like those at White Oaks Dental Office) for an inspection and possible adjustment.