How Long Does It Take For A Dental Bridge To Settle?

How Long Does It Take For A Dental Bridge To Settle?


If you’re missing one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be an excellent way to restore your smile to excellent health and appearance. Depending on the number of teeth you need to replace, you may even be able to choose the type of dental bridge you’d like to get.  No matter what type of dental bridge you receive, you can expect it to take roughly two weeks for your dental bridge to settle. Here’s everything to know about dental bridges.

Dental Bridges for Missing Teeth

Research suggests that more than 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth.   Although you may think that tooth loss only happens to older adults, the reality is that 69% of people aged 35-44 are missing at least one tooth. With tooth loss so widespread in America, it’s no wonder dental bridges are so common.

There are four types of dental bridges. Traditional dental bridges are the most common.  Traditional dental bridges bridge gaps in your smile by affixing crowns on either side of the gap. These crowns support the artificial tooth (pontic) that bridges the gap in your smile.


A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge. However, instead of the bridge being supported by crowns on both sides of the gap, the bridge is supported by a single crown on one end of the gap.

A Maryland bridge relies on a metal structure cemented to the back of the teeth to support the artificial tooth or teeth that fill the gap in the smile.  

Implant-supported bridges are growing in popularity. The reason? Dental implants that support the artificial teeth are incredibly durable and preserve the jaw bone and your facial appearance.  Implant-supported bridges are often the strongest and sturdiest dental bridge restoration.

Dental Bridge Settling: What to Know

The process for getting a dental bridge typically takes several dental appointments. During your first appointment, your dentist will be preparing the teeth on either side of the gap to support the bridge. This typically involves removing a bit of enamel to prep the adjacent teeth. Your dentist will then take digital images and digital impressions.  You may leave the appointment with temporary bridges and crowns. 

During your next appointment, one of several procedures may be performed. If you’re getting an implant-supported bridge, you will have your dental implants placed. If you are getting a Maryland bridge the metal and bridge will be placed. If you’re getting a traditional bridge or cantilever bridge, your permanent crowns and the bridge will be placed.

A dental bridge can feel awkward initially. If you’ve been without a tooth or teeth for a while, the bridge is likely to feel unusual and may be uncomfortable or sensitive. Fortunately, the bridge should fully settle within two weeks, at which time it should no longer feel strange or uncomfortable. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Bridges 

What are the alternatives to a dental bridge?

The premium alternative to a dental bridge is a dental implant. Dental implants are the only dental restoration that replicates the function of a natural tooth, and a tooth root. Other alternatives to dental bridges include partial dentures  

How long will my dental bridge last?

Dental bridges are of higher quality than ever before. A dental bridge used to last just 5-7 years.  Today, patients who practice excellent oral hygiene, and see their dentist regularly can expect their bridge to last 10 years or longer. 

Schedule an Appointment to Replace Missing Teeth in Aliso Viejo

If you’re tired of living with missing teeth, schedule an appointment at Aliso Smiles in Aliso Viejo today by calling 949-916-7800 or sending us a message. Aliso Smiles is a Google 5-star reviewed dental practice providing comprehensive preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry for all ages.