Temporary dental bridges are installed in order to protect the area where your permanent bridge will be installed. If you are getting a two-step dental crown procedure, then your temporary bridge will be installed during the first step. When your dentist installs your temporary bridge, this can leave your gums feeling sensitive. Gum sensitivity often makes it difficult to eat and speak because the smallest things can cause your gums to feel pain. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use in order to deal with gum sensitivity after your temporary bridges are installed.

Apply Clove Oil to Your Gums

Clove oil is commonly used to treat the pain caused by dry socket and it can be used to treat your gum sensitivity. Clove oil contains antiseptic properties that can be used to soothe the pain and prevent a possible infection. In order to use clove oil, you should dilute the oil with a carrier oil like olive oil. Soak a cotton ball in the clove oil and carrier oil mixture. Before applying the cotton ball to your gums, you should squeeze out the excess. In order to get the most relief, allow the cotton ball to sit on your gums for a few minutes. You can reapply the clove oil mixture whenever you begin to experience any gum sensitivity.

Avoid Extremely Hot or Cold Foods

Eating extremely hot or cold foods while experiencing gum sensitivity will only make the sensitivity feel worse. You should allow foods to cool or warm up to room temperature before trying to consume them. These foods will be gentle on your gums and will make your gums feel as close to normal as possible. 

Use a Soft Bristled Brush to Clean Your Teeth

While dealing with gum sensitivity, it can be difficult to brush your teeth. The force of the toothbrush against your teeth will make your gum sensitivity feel extremely painful. However, it is important to ensure that the area around your temporary bridge is clean in order to prevent an infection. Therefore, you can use a soft bristled brush to clean your teeth during this time to clean your teeth without causing too much pain for your gums.

Dealing with gum sensitivity after getting a temporary bridge is painful. Use these tips to help you alleviate some of the pain. If you have any questions about temporary bridges or gum sensitivity, discuss your concerns with a local dentist.