How Long Does It Take For a Dental Bridge To Settle?

How Long Does It Take For a Dental Bridge To Settle?

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Dental bridges are a popular solution for replacing missing teeth, restoring both function and aesthetics to your smile. As a patient considering a dental bridge, it's only natural to wonder how long it takes for the bridge to fully settle and become comfortable. Dental bridges have a settlement process, and several factors can influence that timeline. Here's what you need to know and what you can expect during each stage.

Impressions and Temporary Bridge Placement

The process of getting a dental bridge begins with the initial placement. During this appointment, the dentist will prepare the abutment teeth (the teeth next to the planned bridge) by removing a small portion of their enamel. Next, they will take impressions to create a custom bridge.

While your permanent bridge is undergoing the fabrication process, you will receive a temporary bridge to protect the prepared teeth. It's important to note that the temporary bridge may feel slightly different and require some adjustment as you get used to it.

Permanent Bridge Fabrication

Once the impressions are made, we send them to a dental laboratory where professionals will craft your permanent bridge. The time required for bridge fabrication can vary, usually ranging from a few days to a couple of weeks. Your dentist will tell you the estimated waiting period and schedule a follow-up appointment to replace the temporary bridge with the permanent one as soon as possible.

Permanent Bridge Placement and Adjustment

When your permanent bridge is ready, your dentist will carefully fit and secure it in place. Initially, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort as your mouth adapts to the new restoration.

It's normal for the bridge to feel slightly different from your natural teeth. Still, it should gradually become more comfortable and feel more natural with time. Your dentist may make some minor adjustments to ensure proper fit and bite alignment.

Allowing Time for Settlement

The settling process of a dental bridge involves the surrounding tissues adjusting to the presence of the restoration. It takes time for the gums, muscles, and nerves to accommodate the new bridge.

Generally, the bridge can take a few weeks to a couple of months to fully settle. During this time, it's essential to maintain good oral hygiene and follow your dentist's instructions for care and maintenance.

Follow-up Appointments

Your dentist will ask you to schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor the progress of your dental bridge. These appointments allow the dentist to:

  • Assess the settling process
  • Address any concerns or discomfort you may have
  • Make any necessary adjustments to ensure optimal fit and function

By prioritizing these appointments and communicating any issues you experience, your dentist can ensure that your dental bridge settles properly and provides long-lasting results.

Interested in Getting a Dental Bridge? Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry Can Help

The process of dental bridge settlement takes time and patience. While the initial placement and adjustment period may cause some temporary discomfort, your dental bridge will gradually settle with proper care and follow-up appointments, becoming more comfortable and natural.

By understanding the settlement process, you can have realistic expectations and enjoy the benefits of a restored smile for years to come. Contact Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry today at 772.286.1606 or online to learn more about our dental bridge process.