A bridge is a false tooth that is fused to one or two crowns. This false tooth, or Pontic, is held in its position on the gum by the anchoring crowns next to it. If you are missing one or multiple teeth, a bridge can give you your smile back. Bridges look and functions like natural teeth. A fixed bridge is bonded or cemented into place so you can't remove it. It helps maintain the natural shape of your face and restores function in the area.
Taking care of your new Bridge:
While bridges can last a long time, they do sometimes become loose or fall out and you can get cavities underneath bridges. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your bridge is to practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing everyday and using mouthwashes.
Sensitivities After a Bridge:
- The teeth needs some time to settle down.
Usually needs about 2 weeks to settle down and the sensitivity may go away.
- The teeth may need a root canal.
If the pain does not go away after a few weeks and gets worse. The tooth might have intense pain to stimulus like hot or cold or to biting. We will do our best to tell you before starting the bridge if you may need a root canal, the reality is when dealing with living tissue one can never truly predict when a nerve will decide to die. Much of this has to do with your bodies ability to heal itself and with your anatomy.
- The bridge is slightly too high and your chewing on it is causing pain.
This is an easy fix, we will adjust the bite. If the bite adjustment was the only issue the pain will disappear within a few days after the dentist adjusts it. These are the main reasons that a tooth hurts after a bridge. The reasoning for each can depend on your situation.