Why Does My Dental Bridge Hurt?

A dental bridge offers tons of dental health benefits. It lets you eat more foods while it improves your overall smile. However, there are times when you feel pain under a dental bridge. If it happens, you should immediately schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Possible causes

Your dental bridge may hurt, and there are several potential causes of such pain. For that reason, it’s important that you consult your dentist about it as he/she can diagnose that real cause of the pain.

There are several things that your dentist may consider. For example, your bridge may be new, and your bite may be too high. Pain may be felt if your dental bridge is loose or there’s decay under the crown that supports the bridge.

Your dental bridge may also hurt because of a gum disease that has weakened the supporting teeth, or a nerve died in one of those supporting teeth resulting in an abscess.

To figure out the real cause of why your dental bridge hurts, your dentist will ask you several questions about your pain. You should inform your dentist about the onset, the quality and how long the pain lasts.

Then, your dentist will examine your dental bridge and its surrounding teeth. He/she will look into your gums that surround the teeth that support the bridge.

In some cases, x-rays are taken to inspect properly your teeth and the gums under your dental bridge.

After your dentist has figured out the real cause of the problem, appropriate treatment is given. Typically, the procedure is straightforward. But it still depends on the nature of the pain and the overall problem.


Tooth sensitivity is common with a bridge. Some patients experience tooth sensitivity to extreme heat or cold after a dental procedure. The discomfort, however, subsides in a few weeks.

Is it possible for a decay and infection to occur under a dental bridge?

Yes, decay is a common complication. It usually happens when food debris gets stuck in between your teeth resulting in a natural wear tear. Decay may also arise if it’s a poorly fitted dental bridge.

However, decay doesn’t happen overnight. It usually occurs after 10 to 15 years of receiving the bridge.  When the cement that holds your teeth together will crack, food particles can enter the small holes causing deterioration.

If it’s left untreated, it can lead to infection and may spread to other parts of the body.

The Pain

Your dental bridge may hurt after the procedure. It’s normal, but the pain may subside after a few days. However, if it lasts for a week or more, it may be a symptom of an infection or a poorly fitted dental bridge.

To avoid pain, you should follow an excellent dental hygiene. Always keep your bridge free of plaque by cleaning your teeth thoroughly. You must also floss around the bridge. There is a proper way to floss around your bridge, and your dentist will teach you that.

You must be committed to a good type of dental cleaning to avoid decay under a bridge that may cause pain.

About James Kline DDS

My name is Dr. James Kline, and it has been my pleasure to serve the South Bay for 38 years in the same location at Manhattan Beach Dental Center. A California native, I received my pre-dental education at Pasadena Nazarene College. At the age of 21, I started Dental School at the University of Southern California where I was graduated in 1973. As a result of their excellent training, I am very comfortable performing more involved procedures like Root Canal Therapy and Oral Surgery such as Wisdom Tooth Extractions. Continuous training allows me to provide Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. For your convenience, I have a Dental Laboratory on the premises. This allows me to work closely with the Dental Technician to fabricate the most functional and esthetic Partials and Dentures. I am also able to accommodate emergency Denture Repairs on the spot.As your General Dentist, I care about your dental conditions as it relates to your overall health and well being. Your comfort during dental procedures is my highest concern. I work at your pace and offer free Nitrous Oxide Gas. I remain committed to giving you a healthy and attractive smile with honest and conservative treatment while developing a long term relationship.My hobbies include traveling, fishing, Texas Hold’em, Swimming, and Singing. My passion is Barbershop Quartet Singing which I started at age twelve. It has allowed me to perform in concerts around the world for 40 years. Ultimately my Quartet won the coveted International Barbershop Quartet Championship in 2004. I have two children, both married, and a beautiful baby granddaughter. I have been blessed to serve this community and look forward to doing so for many years to come. I enjoy coming to the office everyday and I’m encouraged the company of my wonderful staff and patients. I look forward to meeting you. At our office, we have a relaxed atmosphere. There’s a open reception area that allows me meet, greet and answer any questions that our clients may have. We have a great play area for kids and many of our adult patients have a great time in our waiting room. On any given day, a spontaneous “party” can happen in the front area while serious dentistry is getting performed. We take pride in getting to know our patients and making them feel comfortable, like family, and not just an anonymous face off the street. This is what sets us apart from any other practice in the area.
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