Dental bridge infection symptoms. The dental bridge is not infected, but there may be decay in the teeth under the dental bridge, the most obvious symptoms of which are tingling and pain in that area.
Because of the dental bridge, there is an increased risk of tooth decay in areas the teeth do not move very much, and the possibility of root canal infection (especially for children who have had root canal infections before). It’s important to keep in mind that the bridge is a relatively fragile structure, and it’s not uncommon for it to be badly cracked after a prolonged period of exposure to the cold.
The longer the bridge is exposed to the cold, the greater the chance that it will crack, resulting in more pain and more infection.
How to reduce the risk of tooth decay on the bridge
Keep the bridge dry. Warm and wet surfaces can exacerbate the problem.
Do not use toothpaste with abrasives (such as mineral oils). This causes the toothpaste to lose its abrasive qualities.
When brushing or flossing, clean the brush and brush against something soft to prevent your fingers from getting into the teeth.
Do not use dentures unless you have had toothpastes.
Reduce the duration of the cold.
Remove the dental bridge as soon as possible when symptoms appear.
If there has been a decay of teeth, consider using dental crowns. They are more expensive and come in two types, soft and hard (both of which can do a better job of preventing decay of the teeth than the bridge). If you have had root canal treatments, you should wear a soft crown. Hard crowns cause more pain and discomfort.
How long will it take for the tooth decay to appear?
It can take several weeks to a month after you have had the first tooth decay to see the teeth start to decay. A month after the first tooth decay is obvious, the decay will be noticeable, and in a good dentist’s opinion, likely to require a root canal.
Treatment and recovery
The only cure for tooth decay is to avoid drinking beverages that contain fluoride (such as fluoridated water) or any food with fluoride added (such as soy, barley, rye, tapioca, and rice).
Your dentist will suggest some diet changes to help prevent and treat the problem. Also, avoid being exposed to cold or freezing temps, in case the decay has been going on longer than it should have.
Cures for decay include fluoride removal. A root canal can reduce the chances of a second tooth decay by more than 90%. Once the roots have been removed, dental crowns and enamel whitening treatment are recommended. The whitening may take as long as six months or longer.
However, if you’re a long-term user of fluoride and you experience receding teeth, you should see a dentist for treatment if you have not already done so. If your dental decay has been caused by over-the-counter products with fluoride added, you should talk to your doctor to try to prevent tooth decay.