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Home care is extremely important while your 
temporary bridge is in place.  The health of your gum tissue 
and the success of your final treatment 
restoration depends upon it

Reasons for Bridges Home Care Recommendations
Preparation Replacing Lost Bridge


Bridges are needed when teeth are missing and need to be replaced to:

bullet restore and maintain natural bite
bullet prevent unnatural stress on other teeth’ help opposing teeth stay in their proper place
bulletprevent shifting and tilting of adjacent teeth
bullet help prevent further decay and gum disease; and the maximize your smile, speech and chewing.  

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The tooth/teeth are prepared by reducing it’s size around the outside to make room for the crown of your bridge. If the crown is gold a minimum amount can be shaved off because the gold can be fairly thin. If the crown is white or porcelain more tooth must be shaved to make room.  

Temporary bridge is placed to protect tooth structures

            Your tooth/teeth have been shaped and prepared for your new bridge.  Impressions of this tooth/teeth have been taken and a model of your teeth has been prepared.  This stone replica of your tooth/teeth is made up to determine your natural bite. 

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     After your tooth/teeth have been prepared  a “temporary” bridge is made to protect this area  and keep it covered for about two weeks while the bridge is being fabricated by the lab.  

     The temporary can feel a little rough and sensitive to hot and cold because we don’t want the temporary touching near the gums.  This temporary is than adjusted to fit your bite.  This temporary is cemented with soft paste so that it can be easily removed afterward.   

PLEASE follow these precautions:  

Your care of your bridge is very important

bulletBe careful not to bite your lip, cheek or tongue while numb.
bulletPlease avoid chewing for 30 minutes after placement to allow the temporary cement to "set".
bulletAvoid hot drinks so you don’t burn yourself and eat only soft foods while numb.
bulletTake a mild analgesic (Tylenol™. Advil™, etc) as long as there is no medical contradiction based upon your medical history. 
bulletTo help with discomfort or swelling rinse your mouth 3xd with warm salt water. (1tsp. of salt in 8oz of water),
bulletKeep this area clean to maintain tissue compatibility (the contour of the prosthesis must allow the surrounding tissue to conform to a natural, healthy position)
bulletBe careful about chewing toffees, gum, grainy rolls and tough steak in this area
bulletBrush at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride.  Be sure to brush carefully around the temporary and take extra care to thoroughly clean this area  
bulletBrush around the area with a proxybrush
bulletFloss very carefully around this area at least once a day
bulletUse an alcohol free, antibacterial mouth rinse like Breath Rx™ once to twice a day
bulletAvoid eating curry it may turn the temporary bridge bright yellow or orange.  Smoking can stain the temporary
bulletIf the temporary bridge becomes loose between visits, PLEASE place the temporary back on your tooth IMMEDIATELY ! 
bulletTry a small tube of denture adhesive paste and place a small amount in the crown on the bridge and place it back on your tooth. Also try Dent Temp™ or Tempenol™ as a temporary adhesive.  Do NOT use ordinary household glue. 

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Once again REPLACING THE TEMPORARY BRIDGE IMMEDIATELY IS VERY IMPORTANT!  It only takes a short time for teeth to move if the temporary is not put back into its proper position.  This could affect the final restoration significantly causing it to not fit and may necessitate new impressions and a great deal of time. 

     If you cannot replace the temporary bridge yourself, put it in a safe place and call us.  We will be happy to recement it for you.

It is important that you keep your appointments so the condition of this area does not change before treatment is completed which can result in the permanent bridge not fitting and requiring a lot of adjustments and chair time.

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