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Dental Bridge Recovery and Aftercare

What is a Dental Bridge and What Does a Dental Bridge Restoration Involve?

dental bridge is a type of dental restoration where a row of artificial teeth is used as a prosthesis to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are made with ceramic, porcelain, zirconium or composite material, and they can be colored and shaped to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.

A dental bridge functions by covering the toothless area with a false tooth and anchoring hollow false teeth (known as crowns) to the existing teeth on either side of the toothless site. The surrounding teeth used as anchors must be reduced or trimmed so the crowns can be secured over them.

Why is Proper Dental Bridge Aftercare Important?

Proper aftercare following your dental bridge restoration is essential to ensuring the success and longevity of your new dental bridge. At Windsor Family Dental in Dane County, we understand the difference a healthy, beautiful smile can have on your confidence, and we're here for you throughout your dental bridge recovery to guide you through effective aftercare.

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What to Expect After Your Dental Bridge Procedure

It's natural to experience some discomfort following your dental bridge restoration. Similar to any dental procedure, your body needs time to adjust and heal. You might notice mild pain, sensitivity and potential difficulty while eating in the initial days following the placement of your dental bridge. The discomfort should gradually subside within a week or two.

Adhering to your dentist's guidelines will expedite your recovery. Be sure to follow your dentist's recommendations for pain management, over-the-counter pain medications and any other instructions provided to you. 

The most common side effects patients experience from dental bridge restorations include:

  • Increased tooth sensitivity to pressure and temperature
  • Bite feeling different or "off"
  • Mild pain, subsiding after a few days

If you have any questions about the side effects of dental bridge procedures, feel free to contact us.


Dental Bridge Aftercare Tips

Maintaining proper oral hygiene and following a post-procedure diet are paramount to ensure the longevity of your dental bridge and to avoid infection and decay. Following these dental bridge aftercare tips will help keep your new restoration and your overall oral health in excellent condition:

Stick to Soft Foods: During the initial recovery period, opt for soft foods to minimize pressure on your dental bridge. 

Avoid Sticky Foods: Steer clear of sticky or chewy foods, as they could damage or dislodge your dental bridge.

Avoid Very Hot and Cold Foods: Refrain from consuming extremely hot or cold foods and beverages, as harsh temperatures can cause discomfort with and sensitivity. 

Brush Regularly: Use a soft-bristle toothbrush twice a day to gently clean your dental bridge and the surrounding teeth and to remove plaque and food particles. An antibacterial toothpaste may help to prevent infection.

Floss Around Your Dental Bridge with Care: Flossing around your dental bridge requires a bit of extra attention. Utilize floss threaders, interdental brushes or water picks to clean beneath your bridge and between adjacent teeth. Regular flossing is critical to preventing debris buildup and maintaining gum health while supporting your overall health. 

Swish Well with Mouthwash or Warm Saltwater: An antibacterial mouthwash or warm saltwater rinse can help to reduce inflammation and infection risk caused by bacteria. 

Regular Dental Visits: Schedule regular dental check-ups at Windsor Family Dental to maintain optimum oral health. We will monitor the condition of your dental bridge, perform necessary adjustments and offer personalized advice for optimal aftercare.


Choose Windsor Family Dental for dental bridges in Dane County, WI. Our experienced dentists offer personalized service in a comfortable environment. With advanced techniques and a commitment to satisfaction, we're your trusted dentist for a confident and beautiful smile. Book your dental bridge appointment today!

Dental bridge recovery and aftercare


Signs of an Ill-Fitting Dental Bridge

While most dental bridges function well and fit comfortably, adjustments are sometimes needed. Keep an eye out for signs of an ill-fitting dental bridge:

  • Discomfort or Pain: If you experience persistent pain, discomfort or sore spots around your dental bridge, it could indicate an improper fit.
  • Difficulty Chewing: Trouble chewing, especially if it persists beyond the initial recovery period, might suggest your dental bridge requires an adjustment.
  • Gum Irritation or Inflammation: Swollen or irritated gums around the dental bridge could point to an ill-fitting dental restoration.
  • Clicking or Movement: If you notice any movement or clicking sounds when you talk or chew, your dental bridge may not be securely in place.
  • Speech Changes: Significant changes in your speech patterns, like lisping, could be a sign your dental bridge needs adjustment.

If you encounter any of these symptoms of a poor dental bridge fit, contact Windsor Family Dental. Our dentists care about your health and well-being, and we will ensure your dental bridge fits properly and your recovery goes smoothly. 

Dental Bridge Recovery and Aftercare FAQs

How long will recovery last after my dental bridge placement?

Dental bridge patients usually do not require much, if any, downtime from routine activities. However, it is very common to experience minor side effects for up to a week. Most patients report feeling completely back to normal after a few weeks.

How long after getting a dental bridge can I eat?

Patients should wait at least 1 hour before eating any food to let the bridge harden and cure. After the initial hour, it is recommended to stick to soft, non-sticky food for the first couple of days to a week.

How can I manage pain and discomfort after getting a dental bridge?

Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can be effective for managing pain and discomfort after getting a dental bridge. You should follow your dentist's post-operative instructions, which may include using a cold compress and eating soft foods initially. Avoiding very hot or cold foods and drinks also helps reduce sensitivity.

Are there any dietary restrictions during my dental bridge recovery period?

Yes. During your initial recovery period, it's best to stick to a soft diet to avoid putting excessive pressure on your new dental bridge. Gradually introduce solid foods as your comfort level increases. Avoid sticky or hard foods, as they could damage or dislodge your bridge. Your dentist will provide specific dietary guidelines based on your unique situation.

How do I maintain oral hygiene with a dental bridge?

Brush and floss your teeth and bridge regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss threader, interdental brush or water pick. Using an antibacterial mouthwash or rinsing with warm saltwater periodically helps to prevent infection. Your dentist may recommend specific oral hygiene products to support your unique oral health needs. 

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Dana, my hygienist, did a fantastic job. With over 25 years of experience, she skillfully engaged in conversation with me while working on my teeth, making the cleaning process pleasant and comfortable. I also had the pleasure of meeting Kristi, Dr. DeMatthew's assistant, who was friendly and personable. Dr. DeMatthew herself was articulate in explaining the details of my dental health, making sure I understood everything clearly. Overall, my experience at Windsor Family Dental was wonderful, and I highly recommend Dr. DeMatthew and her staff.

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