Can I Eat and Chew Normally After Getting a Dental Bridge?

By: Dr. Fadi Zaknoun


A dental bridge is a common appliance that replaces missing teeth. If you've become a patient of Cape Cod Dental and are considering a restoration from Dr. Fadi Zaknoun, you may wonder what eating will be like after treatment. One of the most pressing questions is probably: can I chew normally after getting a bridge?

While there may be some minor adjustments to your eating habits, for the most part, you can continue enjoying your favorite foods after undergoing dental treatment. This guide can provide some background information on how dental bridges work and what you can expect in terms of eating and chewing.

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How does a dental bridge work?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces missing teeth. It consists of two or more crowns on each side of the gap, known as abutment teeth, with a false tooth (pontic) in between. The abutment teeth provide support for the bridge and hold it securely in place.

The procedure for getting this dental treatment is generally straightforward and virtually pain-free. You may need a follow-up appointment at Cape Cod Dental to alter the fit, but once the bridge is in place, it should feel and function like natural teeth.

Adjusting to a dental bridge

After getting a dental bridge, you may find that chewing feels different at first. This is normal as your mouth adjusts to the new prosthetic. Here are some tips for making the process as easy as possible:

  • Start with soft foods: It may be best to start with softer foods that require less chewing. Soups, mashed potatoes, and smoothies are good options.
  • Take smaller bites: Instead of taking big bites, try cutting your food into smaller pieces. This can help you chew more comfortably.
  • Chew on both sides: Make sure to chew using both sides to distribute the pressure evenly. This will also help prevent strain on one side of your mouth.
  • Avoid sticky or hard foods: While you can continue to enjoy most foods, it's best to avoid sticky or hard foods that may cause damage to the bridge.

How long will it take to adjust?

The amount of time it takes to adjust to a bridge varies from person to person. Some get used to the new restoration within a few days, while others take a couple of weeks. As your mouth gets used to the new appliance, eating and chewing should become easier and more natural.

Always feel free to call Dr. Zaknoun in Wareham, MA, if you have any concerns. A dental bridge should not feel uncomfortable or cause pain.

Maintaining your dental bridge

Proper maintenance is important to the longevity of your dental bridge. Make sure to brush and floss regularly, and schedule regular cleanings with Cape Cod Dental. Avoid using tobacco products and limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks to prevent decay around the dental bridge.

Call now for your dental bridge restoration

After getting a dental bridge at Cape Cod Dental in Wareham, MA, you will be able to once again eat and chew as normal. By following this guide and the instructions provided by Dr. Fadi Zaknoun, you can ensure a successful and comfortable transition after dental treatment. Don't hesitate to contact us and get started on restoring your beautiful smile.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.