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  • Following the first appointment for a bridge procedure, a temporary bridge (if applies) is placed on the teeth involved. This will protect them while the custom restoration is being made.
  • Temporary cement is used so that the bridge can be easily removed at your next appointment. If your temporary bridge comes off between appointments, please call our office as soon as possible, if you wait to contact our office, it is very possible that your permanent bridge will not fit then.
  • Avoid chewing gum, sticky foods and candy while the temporary bridge is in place. The temporary bridge is made of a plastic and is not as smooth as the permanent bridge and it will come off if these foods are eaten.
  • Your permanent bridge will be custom shaped and shaded to match your teeth. The temporary bridge is made to serve you for a short period of time, so its color and shape are not as closely matched to your teeth.
  • Be careful until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many people will chew the inside of their lips, cheeks or tongue, which can cause serious damage. You may take any over the counter pain reliever for tenderness or discomfort. You may take Ibuprofen (Advil or Tylenol), unless you are allergic to these medications or have a medical condition that would prevent you from taking these medications. This will help with any soreness at the injection sites where your anesthetic was administered.
  • Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common following a dental restoration. The sensitivity may last several days to several months depending on how deep the cavity penetrated your tooth. The sensitivity is usually most noticeable the first 12 to 24 hours after the anesthetic wears off and then disappears slowly.
  • The gum tissue may have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The site where the anesthetic injection was given may also be sore for a few days.
  • Please follow prescribed oral hygiene instructions-45 degree angle brushing twice a day and flossing once a day to avoid getting a cavity or gum disease around the bridge. When flossing around your temporary bridge, slide the floss out between your teeth rather than snapping up between the teeth so your temporary bridge does not come off.
  • The finished restoration may be contoured slightly different and have a different texture than the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference, but you will become accustomed to this in a few days.

Cementation Appointment

  • Please do not eat or drink for 30 minutes after your new bridge is cemented. Do not eat hard or sticky foods for 24 hours while the cement completely sets.
  • Your new bridge may feel tight or as if it is pushing against the teeth next to it for several hours. This discomfort will go away within a day or two.
  • Sensitivity, especially to cold is common after a bridge is cemented. Usually the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth will be. It may take several days to a month for the sensitivity to go away.
  • The finished restoration may be contoured slightly different and have a different texture than the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference, but you will become accustomed to this in a few days.
  • Please follow prescribed oral hygiene instructions-45 degree angle brushing twice a day and flossing twice a day to avoid getting a cavity or gum disease around your new crown. Flossing is especially important in preserving the health and/or the duration of your bridge. Your bite might be a little bit off; you can always call for a bridge adjustment.
  • Bridges do not last forever. Like a new set of tires, bridges can wear and breakdown. Proper brushing and flossing is recommended to help you retain your bridge, having your teeth cleaned at least every six months and an exam and x-rays every year will help prolong the life of your bridge.