Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth and stabilize the alignment of your teeth to avoid unwanted tooth movement. Our dentists may recommend this treatment due to its ability to restore function and appearance to your smile.
You will likely wear a temporary bridge while waiting for the dental bridge to be created in a lab. When the final bridge is finished, you will come back to our office to have it placed. After you get your final dental bridge, your mouth will need time to get used to this new addition to your smile. A pain reliever such as TYLENOL® or a homemade mouth rinse of a half-teaspoon of salt per 8 ounces of warm water can help settle feelings of discomfort after treatment. Over time, you should adjust to the dental bridge. If you are experiencing swelling or discomfort beyond the time we projected, please contact us.
You will need to practice good dental hygiene to help keep your bridge in great shape. Brush it twice a day and floss underneath the bridge. Use a soft-bristled brush when caring for your smile. If you are looking for further clarification on how to floss with your bridge, we would be happy to demonstrate and answer any other questions you may have about taking care of your bridge.
We will help you determine whether a custom dental bridge is the right choice for restoring your smile after tooth loss. If you would like to learn more about dental bridges in Dubuque, Iowa, contact Briggs Family Dentistry at (563) 557-7560 today and schedule an appointment with either Dr. Robin Briggs or Dr. Allison Heider.