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Can you eat normally with a dental bridge?

I'm 27, and my dentist has recommended me to have a dental bridge. Will I be able to eat normally with a dental bridge?

17 Answers

You should be able to eat comfortable with a dental bridge. The materials you use to make the bridge vary and are important to consider. If the bridge is further back in the mouth, stronger materials are recommended.
Your oral chewing function and appearance will be restored very nicely with a fixed bridge...BUT, just like your own natural teeth, don't abuse the bridge by overdoing hard chewing on things that often break sound solid teeth (hard pretzels, candies, nuts, etc.).
Yes, you can, but you should consider dental Implants as well since you are so young. It is usually more difficult to clean under a bridge.


Dr. Farzad
Yes, but with a little bit more investment, you can get something better than a bridge. It is called the dental implant which in the long run will save you a lot more money. Typically, people don’t take care of their bridges and it gets decayed and then the next bridge will be much bigger and more expensive. So in essence, you have taken “one tooth” problem and expanded it over five teeth in your lifetime. Replace missing teeth with dental implants if possible. And yes, you can eat with both normally.
It depends on the location, design, and material of that bridge, as well as your bite and your overall dental health. For example, if a bridge is replacing a front tooth, it is recommended that you never bite directly into things with that tooth. Bridges on back teeth can often handle larger chewing forces.
Yes, you will be able to eat normally with a dental bridge. Just keep in mind that a bridge will require some extra attention when brushing and flossing. Your dentist will teach you how to access underneath the bridge to make sure that you keep it clean.
Yes, you will be able to eat normally with a dental bridge. Ask your dentist to thoroughly explain and illustrate all that is involved in your dental bridge. A well done dental bridge can enhance your eating experience.
Yes. When properly placed a fixed partial denture (dental bridge) should function just like any other teeth. You will need to make sure to floss under the bridge to clean any food debris left behind after eating.
If you are that young the best option for you is a dental implant.
If it's a fixed partial denture (bridge), yes, it performs well like normal teeth just have to floss correctly. If you're getting a removable partial denture either due to cost or support of the structures around the missing teeth, then it's a little different. You can chew and eat, it replaces chewing surfaces, but it's removable, so you will get food under it and some foods will stick to parts of it so it takes more getting used to.
Dental implants are the best method of replacing missing teeth, if you are a candidate for them. The next best method is a cemented (fixed) bridge. Finally a removable bridge can be an alternative treatment. Each treatment has pros and cons. Cost is highest with dental implants no other teeth need to be touched (or cut) to enable you to have your missing teeth replaced. In order to have a fixed bridge, you need to cut down (prepare) teeth around the space to allow placement of the bridge. Ask your dentist to show you samples of each of these options.
For the most part, yes. What is bad for your teeth is bad for your bridge. You should really avoid chewing hard foods like ice, peanut brittle etc and really chewy things like hard caramel, etc. If you can, I would highly recommend an implant over a bridge. It’s a little more of an investment but it will be the best long term treatment especially with you being so young.
You should be able to eat normally. Normal, however, does not mean chewing on very hard foods such as ice. This could damage the bridge by fracturing off porcelain. It also depends on what the bridge is made from. Some materials are more resistant to fracture than others.

John C. Kaminski, D.D.S.

Good news, the answer is YES. You should be able to eat comfortably right away.
Normal or near normal. Eating with something different is an adjustment even if things are better.
One of the reasons why we replace missing teeth is to be able to eat normally