PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY - Bridge Home Care
HOW TO CARE FOR A TEMPORARY BRIDGE
CHEWING AND EATING
If we used an anesthetic during the procedure, avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.
Avoid chewing for at least one half-hour to allow the temporary cement to set.
To keep your temporary in place, avoid eating hard or sticky food, especially chewing gum. If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.
BRUSHING AND FLOSSING
Brush normally, but floss very carefully. We may recommend special floss, brushes, or other cleaning aids to keep the area free of bacteria.
If your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold or pressure use desensitizing toothpaste. If sensitivity persists beyond a few days, call us.
MEDICATION AND DISCOMFORT
Take antibiotics or other medications only as directed.
To reduce any discomfort or swelling, rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water. Use about 1 teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water. It’s normal for your gums to be sore for several days.
WHEN TO CALL US
Call us if your temporary bridge comes off. Save the temporary so we can recement it. Its very important for the proper fit of your final bridge, that your temporary stay in place.
Call our office if your bite feels uneven, you have a persistent sensitivity or discomfort, or if you have any questions or concerns.
If many of your teeth are loose or painful, it may be too late to save them. In most cases, loose or painful teeth are caused by advanced periodontal disease. Periodontal disease also causes bone loss and if it’s not caught in time, your teeth may have to be removed.
Removing your teeth and replacing them with a denture may be the best way to eliminate the infection caused by periodontal disease and restore the health of your mouth. When this is all done on the same day, it’s called an immediate denture.
To begin the process of making a denture, we first take impressions of your mouth. From these impressions, we make precise working models of your mouth, and it’s on these models that we make the denture. We’ll work with you to select the best color and shape for your new teeth. When your denture is ready, we’ll thoroughly numb your mouth and extract your remaining teeth. After your teeth are removed, we’ll immediately place your denture.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE
For the first twenty-four hours, your new denture will feel tight because your gums are swollen. As your bone heals over the next six to nine months, your gums will shrink and your denture will feel loose, When this happens, we’ll use a temporary lining material to tighten the fit. After the period of healing is complete, we’ll either construct an entirely new final denture or send your immediate denture back to the lab to be relined for its final fit.