Are Your Gums Going to Get Sore if You Get a Bridge?
Posted on 11/16/2020 by Dr. Boustany
Losing one or more teeth is a big event. The tooth's absence leaves the supporting bones, gums, and surrounding teeth with a void where the teeth used to be. Over time, the structures will collapse around the opening and change the shape of both your mouth and face. In most instances, we will recommend a bridge to avoid facial collapse.
What is a Bridge?
Bridges provide filler for the space left by your vacant tooth. Both composite and resin-bonded bridges, or Maryland bridges, are installed with metal, curved wings to hold them in place. Professionals use cantilever bridges when there is only one anchor for the bridge and standard bridges when there are two anchors. Anchors implanted into the gums support implant bridges - these bridges are growing in popularity because there is no damage done to the surrounding teeth.
Your New Bridge and Your Gums
Your gums will have an adjustment period regardless of the bridge that you choose. The new bridge is foreign, and your gums and bones will have to move and develop space for it. Standard, Maryland, and cantilevered bridges will take less time to adjust to because they are less invasive. Implant-anchored bridges require insertion into your gums and supporting bone, and they may be sore for several days.
Generally, installing a dental bridge is beneficial when you lose one or more teeth, and the long term gains far outweigh the minor discomfort of the adjustment period. You will avoid facial collapse and restore natural biting and chewing surfaces. Good oral hygiene with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups will work to ensure that your dental bridge lasts a long time.
If you would like to explore your dental bridge options, give our office a call. We will be happy to examine the area and find the most suitable bridge for you.