Dental bridges are usually made from two teeth with crowns supporting a false tooth between them. This artificial tooth (pontic) is suspended over the gums and fills in the gap where another tooth is missing.
Whether you have a dental bridge already or are planning to get one, it’s important that you know how to take care of it. That way, you’ll keep your gums and the rest of your teeth healthy for years to come.
Follow these steps to get the most out of your new bridge…
When you brush around your bridge, don’t forget to tilt the bristles in from all angles. You don’t want to brush only the side of your teeth. Tipping your toothbrush just under the pontic will help you access any bacteria and food debris hiding there.
Regular floss is fine for your other teeth, but your bridge needs extra attention. To get a deeper clean under the pontic, choose a textured floss that you can easily slip under the bridge. You may even find that a powered water flosser is the easiest way for you to get the job done.
Flossing carefully around your crowned teeth at either end of your bridge is extremely important! If those teeth develop cavities, your whole bridge could fail.
Talk with your dentist about finding the right mouthwash. Some rinses have antibacterial properties which will control plaque and reduce inflammation in the gums around your bridge. Others have fluoride which will reinforce those crowned teeth against decay.
For more tips on keeping your bridge strong, see your local dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Having a traditional or implant-supported bridge is a great way to replace your missing teeth. Unfortunately for some, it can also pose a slight barrier when it comes to routine oral hygiene. Since it’s not possible to clean bridges the exact same way as a natural tooth, there are a couple of different options available:
1. Floss Threaders
Traditional flossing is still an option – thanks to floss threaders. These enlarged sewing-needle style threaders allow you to loop floss directly under the bridge. Slide the floss back and forth along your restoration, as well as tightly against the abutment teeth. If you have a bit more space, consider trying a tufted floss.
2. Water Flossers
Although they’re a bit messy at first, water flossers are an efficient and easy way to clean around bridges – or any other tooth for that matter. Depending on the model, you may be able to adjust the pressure or temperature of the water for your comfort. There are even versions available to hook up inside of your shower!
The small tips look like a piece of pipe cleaner attached to a toothbrush handle. Depending on the spacing under your bridge, a proxy-brush may be one of the easiest ways for you to clean under the prosthesis and against the inside of the supporting teeth.
Keeping your bridge thoroughly clean each day ensures that the teeth (or implants) that support it will stay healthy for as long as possible. Be sure to schedule a routine cleaning with your hygienist to remove any hard-to-reach tartar that may have built up between visits.
Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
Your bridge is a big responsibility. It cannot simply be placed and then forgotten. A bridge represents a long-term investment that must be maintained, if it is to last. If neglected, a bridge could eventually fail, resulting in the need for more-involved treatment. The longer you care for your bridge, the longer you will enjoy its support. Let’s now review three oral hygiene devices that are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums around a bridge.
This floss allows you slip one stiffened end underneath your bridge, and carefully sweep a fluffy, fibrous segment underneath the false tooth. The absorbent segment on tufted floss is gentle on gums.
This automated device is designed to propel water along the gum line and between teeth to help flush out bacteria not removed through flossing. This water flow is particularly helpful around bridges, which can be difficult to access with floss.
This simple plastic needle makes it easier for you to slip floss under your bridge so that you can keep the “anchor teeth” clean, below the gum line.
Taking good care of your bridge may sound like a chore, but it is well worth your time and effort. If you would like to find out more about the options available for cleaning your bridge, ask your local dentist for suggestions. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to evaluate your technique and make recommendations for adjusting the way you clean your bridge. Take advantage of the help offered at your dentist’s office to get the most out of your bridge!
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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