How Long Does it Take for a Dental Bridge to Settle?

Welcome to our blog! At North Billerica Smiles, we're dedicated to providing informative insights into the world of dental care. Today, we're tackling a question that many of our patients ask: "How long does it take for a dental bridge to settle?" Dental bridges are a common solution for restoring smiles, but understanding their settling process is key to ensuring optimal results and peace of mind. Join us as we demystify this topic and provide you with all the essential information you need to know.

Understanding Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a custom-made false tooth (or teeth) that fills a gap in your smile. It's anchored on either side by healthy teeth or dental implants, creating a literal 'bridge' over the gap. The process of getting a dental bridge typically involves multiple visits to the dentist and a period of adjustment as your mouth gets used to the new addition.

The Procedure and Immediate Aftercare

The procedure to fit a dental bridge is usually completed in two appointments. During the first appointment, the teeth that will anchor the bridge are prepared and an impression of your teeth is taken. A temporary bridge is placed to protect the prepared teeth. At the second appointment, the custom-made bridge is fitted and adjusted for a perfect fit. Aftercare is crucial during the first few days and weeks, as the bridge settles into place.

The Settling-In Period

After the dental bridge is fitted, there will be a settling-in period. This is when your mouth adjusts to the feel of the new bridge. The length of this period varies from person to person, but generally, it takes a few weeks to a month. During this time, you might experience some minor discomfort or sensitivity, but these symptoms should gradually diminish.

Factors Affecting the Settling Period

Several factors can affect how long it takes for your dental bridge to settle. These include the health of your supporting teeth, the type and material of your bridge, and how well you follow your dentist's aftercare instructions. Regular check-ups with your dentist can ensure that your bridge is settling correctly and any issues are addressed promptly.

Ensuring a Smooth Adjustment Period

To ensure a smooth adjustment period, it's important to maintain good oral hygiene, avoid hard or sticky foods that could dislodge the bridge, and use a bridge-friendly toothbrush and floss. If you experience prolonged discomfort or other issues, don't hesitate to contact your dentist. 

Ready for a Dental Bridge?

At North Billerica Smiles, we're committed to helping you achieve a healthy, complete smile. If you're considering a dental bridge or have any concerns about your existing bridge, we're here to help. Our team of experienced dentists is ready to guide you through the process and ensure your comfort every step of the way. Call us at (978) 262-0023 to request an appointment today. Let's bridge the gap to your perfect smile together!