If you have opted to get a dental bridge to help replace one or more missing teeth, you will find the bridge to be fairly easy to get used to. However, as with virtually any type of artificial dental construction, you may find yourself in the position of needing to have your bridge adjusted.
Having the Bite Adjusted
If your bridge is going to be adjusted, there are a few things you should expect. When you visit us, we will use articulating paper in order to accurately measure your bite. This paper is placed between the teeth, and then you will be asked to gently bite down on it. The paper will mark the areas of the teeth where there is the greatest amount of contact.
After using articulating paper, we will know exactly where the high spots on your bridge are. We will carefully adjust these spots until your bite matches perfectly. This will help prevent headaches, tooth injuries, uneven wear, and other problems frequently associated with an uneven bite.
After the Dental Procedure
After having your bridge adjusted, you should be able to resume eating and drinking without any issues. Generally, there will be no need for anesthetic during the procedure; however, if you do have some, be sure that you are very careful until it wears off.
If you went for a long period of time without all of your teeth, there will be an adjustment period as you get used to having the bridge. During this time, be careful when eating, and try to avoid foods that are overly sugary or sticky.
Some people who have been without all of their teeth for a significant length of time will find that they have to re-learn how to speak after the bridge is in place. Be patient, and speak carefully. Eventually you will get used to having the bridge in.
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