Post-Operative Instructions for a Temporary Bridge

After your temporary bridge is in place, it is essential to follow these post-operative care instructions provided by the team at Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry in Dunedin, Florida, to protect it and maintain the position of your teeth. 

Immediately after your temporary bridge is placed, it is essential to avoid eating or drinking until the anesthesia has worn off to prevent possible injury to your lips, tongue, and cheeks.

Since a temporary bridge is less durable and meant to be easily removed by your doctor, you should avoid eating hard, crunchy, chewy, or sticky foods until your permanent bridge is ready and placed. Your gums may be sore for up to three days following the procedure. You can rinse with warm salt water three times per day to help reduce pain and swelling. And you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever, like Ibuprofen, if needed. It’s normal to experience some sensitivity to pressure, heat, and cold in the days following your procedure, but this should pass as your mouth adapts to the temporary bridge.

Your temporary bridge may be shaped slightly differently than your original teeth. Your tongue may magnify these slight differences, but you will become accustomed to them within a few days. You should resume regular brushing and flossing immediately to keep the temporary bridge and supporting teeth free of plaque buildup and decay. However, use care when brushing around it and avoid flossing teeth adjacent to the bridge, as this may cause it to come loose or fall off. If your temporary bridge does come off, slip it back on, and call the office of Drs. Lepore and Dougherty to schedule a time to reattach it.

Additionally, if your bite feels uneven or if you experience persistent pain or sensitivity outside of the norm, it is important to contact your doctor’s office at (727) 608-4690 for assistance.

Our Dental Savings Plans

Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry believes that everyone should have access to high-quality dental care and that financial constraints or insurance status shouldn’t stand in the way for anyone to receive such care. That’s why we have introduced Dental Savings Plans as we don’t want you to compromise on your dental health. We have two plans – Standard and Wellness - offered at an annual membership fee of $429 and $729 respectively.

Membership will entitle you to a host of benefits including free and discounted treatments with a focus on your overall health.

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Although extremely professional and skilled, the staff manages to create a relaxed comfortable atmosphere. They also take the time to do things properly, and do a good job of conveying that they care.

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We are your "home" in Dunedin for advanced dentistry and functional dental medicine. Within our inviting, highly personalized concierge environment, our team supports your whole "wellness" - not just the beauty and health of your smile!