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A Guide to Eating After a Dental Bridge

If you’re considering getting a dental bridge, it’s important to know what the aftercare will involve, including which foods you can and can’t eat. Avoiding the types of foods that can damage a dental bridge will ensure that your dental restoration lasts as long as possible. 

At Lifetime Family Dental, we help patients with missing teeth restore their smiles with dental bridges and other dental procedures. We put together this guide about eating after a dental bridge to help you keep your smile strong and healthy. 

How to Make Eating After a Dental Bridge Procedure Easier

It takes some time to get used to a dental bridge—your mouth might be a little sensitive and sore, and the appliance may feel a little strange at first. Here are some tips on how to make eating a little easier during the first couple of weeks:

  • Eat soft, room-temperature foods to prevent damage to the bridge
  • Cut food into small pieces to make chewing easier
  • Chew food slowly to allow your jaw and gums to adjust to the dental bridge

What Not to Eat After a Dental Bridge

Hard Foods

Nuts, popcorn, chips, and other hard foods will put too much pressure on the dental bridge. It’s important to avoid hard foods altogether to prevent damage to the dental bridge structure. Once a dental bridge is chipped, cracked, or otherwise compromised, it puts your other teeth at risk of dental problems like cavities and sensitivity. A broken bridge can cause food to get caught underneath, making your mouth more vulnerable to bacteria. 

Sticky Foods

Sticky food and candy can pull your dental bridge out of place, and chewing gum should be avoided for the same reason. A dislodged dental bridge is a dental emergency that needs immediate attention. Waiting too long to replace a dental bridge can cause your teeth to shift. 

Pieces of sticky food can also get caught underneath the bridge, leading to bacteria buildup that increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. It’s important to regularly floss underneath your bridge to eliminate as much bacteria as possible.  

Sweets

Sweet, sugary foods can’t hurt a dental bridge, but they do put your natural teeth at risk of tooth decay by attacking their enamel. If the teeth surrounding the bridge become too damaged, they will no longer be able to support the appliance. Pain, sensitivity, staining, or holes in the teeth supporting your bridge are signs of cavities, and mean that your bridge may need to be replaced.

Teeth-Staining Drinks

Coffee, red wine, and dark sodas can stain your natural teeth as well as the crowns and false teeth in your dental bridge over time. Unlike your natural teeth, you cannot whiten your dental bridge. To prevent discoloration, it’s best to avoid staining drinks altogether. If you can’t eliminate them from your diet, you can at least reduce their teeth-staining effects by reducing your intake, drinking through a straw, and maintaining good oral hygiene. 

Dental Bridge Replacement in Gilbert, Arizona

If you’ve broken your dental bridge or suspect that its supporting teeth have cavities, please don’t hesitate to contact us. The compassionate team at Lifetime Family Dental will take a look at your mouth and determine whether repair or replacement is necessary. 

If you’re still in the process of deciding whether to get a dental bridge or dental implants, we can also walk you through the procedure and advise you on proper aftercare. Call us at 480-558-4331 today to schedule an appointment. 

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