Okay, losing a tooth sucks but replacing it with something as soon as possible is really important because:
- The teeth on either side could tilt or shift
- The opposing teeth could migrate from a lack of stimulation
- Changes in the shape of the bone can lead to more periodontal disease
- Nearby teeth can’t always handle the extra work and they break
- Open spaces often trap more food and plaque
- Gaps and missing teeth could affect your social life emotional well being
Although my top choice would be an implant, there are a few other ways to replace missing teeth and bridges are very common. A bridge is essentially a series of crowned teeth with a “fake” one being held in place by the others. Follow these instructions after you get your permanent bridge to ensure a long-lasting restoration.
- Avoid eating anything until the anesthetic wears off completely.
- Don’t chew ice or other hard foods from now off to prevent chipping your new investment
- Brush and floss normally. It is super important that you learn how to use floss threaders or interdental brushes to clean under a bridge. Bacteria can cause cavities under the edges of your new bridge and all of that man made stuff is prone to building up even more plaque and tartar than before.
- If your teeth are sensitive to temperature or pressure, feel free to use an anti-inflammatory for a couple of days. Desensitizing pastes also help to remineralize the teeth that have been traumatized.
- To reduce minor discomfort and swelling, rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water. (1 tsp. of salt per glass of warm water)
- It’s normal for your gums to be a little bit sore for a few days
- If your bite feels uneven or you have sensitivity that doesn’t improve or worsens after 3-4 days, make sure to call your dental office.
If you have any questions about your bridge and how to care for them, leave a comment below.