Dental Tips Blog

Jul
28

Prevent Bad Breath by Keeping Your Dental Bridge Clean

Posted in Dental Bridges

The one downside to your new dental bridge is that it can be challenging to clean. You’re tempted to just skip the detailed routine to save time. But not cleaning underneath your dental bridge can lead to one unpleasant side-effect: bad breath.

Why Your Dental Bridge May Stink 

You’re used to quickly brushing the top and sides of your bridge just like you do your other natural teeth. But you can’t forget that bridges have another dimension that teeth don’t: a space right over the gums. Food and bacteria can get trapped in this area and can create a foul odor. If your gums become infected, then that can add another peculiarly strong stench.

Cleaning underneath your bridge will prevent those kinds of bad breath!

How to Clean Your Dental Bridge 

Brush gently along the sides of your bridge, tipping the brush bristles as far underneath it as they can comfortably reach. You won’t reach all the way through, but this is a good way to remove the initial debris.

Next, use a floss threader or tufted floss that has stiff ends that you can slip underneath your bridge. Shimmy the floss back and forth as you sweep it across your restoration and your gums.

If you find traditional flossing to be a challenge, try a water flosser. This is a powered device that you leave on your bathroom countertop. It propels a powerful spray of water out of a small toothbrush-like head. You can control the angle for easy cleaning under your bridge.

Plan regular dental checkups and cleanings with your dentist, who can make sure that your bridge is stable and that the space underneath is healthy and odor-free!

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

May
15

How to Clean Around Your New Fixed Bridge

Posted in Dental Bridges

Now that you’ve gotten a traditional (or implant-supported) dental bridge, you probably feel a sense of relief knowing that your missing tooth has been replaced.

But your bridge isn’t invincible. In fact, if you don’t care for it properly each day, the teeth (or implants) supporting it can experience secondary oral health issues, causing the entire restoration to fail.

Flossing is a Must 

You’ll need to floss under your bridge and around the supporting teeth at least once a day. Both teeth and implants can be affected by gum infections, so flossing is essential.

Additionally, flossing helps reduce the risk of recurrent tooth decay in the teeth that support your bridge. Because the area just under the bridge is the hardest to clean, this takes special effort.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Use a floss threader or “super floss” to thread the strand under your bridge
  • Wrap the floss around the supporting tooth, cleaning up and down below the gums, then across the bottom surface of the bridge and against the other tooth
  • Consider getting a water flosser, if traditional floss is too difficult to use 

Brush Along the Gumlines

Take a few extra seconds when you brush twice daily to be sure that you’re getting the edges of the bridge, where it meets your gumlines. Because their margins tend to offer prime surface areas for plaque to adhere to, they need extra attention to keep them completely clean.

Remember to schedule a checkup and cleaning at least every six months to have a dental professional clean away tartar buildup that accumulates in hard-to-reach areas!

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-4565

Apr
9

The Differences Between a Fixed and Removable Bridge

Posted in Dental Bridges

Do you know the difference between a fixed and removable bridge?

Understanding the pros and cons of each will help you make the right decision if you ever need to replace a tooth or two.

Fixed Dental Bridges

A fixed bridge is often made from porcelain to resemble the color and texture of natural teeth. It sits anchored to two natural teeth via dental crowns and its middle portion spans the gap in between with an artificial tooth.

Fixed bridges don’t come off once they go on. These restorations will stay in your mouth until something happens that weakens the teeth supporting it.

You might prefer a fixed bridge if you want a restoration that looks natural and has no risk of falling out. There are a couple of downsides: fixed bridges can be difficult to clean under and they also weaken the capped teeth they rest upon.

Removable Dental Bridges

A removable dental bridge is also known as a partial denture. It’s made of one or more fake teeth suspended on an acrylic frame. Sometimes, the frame is reinforced with a metal base and clasps.

You can take out a removable bridge for easy cleaning. A partial denture doesn’t require sacrificing the health of two of your natural teeth to support it. But it may not be the best option if you wouldn’t want anyone to find out you wear something that you take in and out.

Fixed or Removable Bridge – Which Is Right for You?

You’ll want to carefully discuss the pros and cons with a dental professional before you decide. Talk with your local dentist to find out which restorative option is best for both your oral health and your lifestyle.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097

Feb
3

Would Anyone Be Able to Tell if You Had a Partial Denture?

Posted in Dental Bridges

You need to have a tooth removed and you’ve opted to get a partial denture in its place.

You’ve never had a false tooth before, so you’re a bit nervous. Would anyone notice that your new tooth isn’t real?

No One Will Notice Your Partial . . . While You’re Wearing It

Dentures and partial dentures are made to look as natural as possible. While you’re wearing your prosthesis, it will look just like any of your other natural teeth. A well-fitted one won’t fall out. Rather, it will give you a more secure bite, so no one will ever notice, even when you eat.

Removing and Cleaning Your Partial

You have to remove your partial at night to clean it properly. Soak it in water and never sleep with it in, since your mouth dries out at night. The dry environment fosters germ growth that can cause painful gum infections. If you end up with inflamed gingiva, you may not even be able to wear your partial during the day.

But what if you find yourself in a situation where you’re embarrassed to remove your partial denture for cleaning when others are around?

The best thing is to have a proper storage container handy right near your bedside. Most likely, others won’t notice if you take out your appliance right before you sleep and turn out the light.

Consider a Dental Implant Instead of a Partial

It could be very difficult to keep your partial denture a secret from everyone forever.

For the most secure and natural-looking tooth replacement, you might want to consider a dental implant. Talk with your dentist to find out which option is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Jan
27

Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?

Posted in Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a tooth replacement that spans the gap between teeth; it’s supported by the ones on either side of the gap.

Removable bridges are also called partial dentures. They can be taken out as needed for easy cleaning. But fixed bridges rest on crowns placed on the remaining teeth or a pair of dental implants.

Should you get a bridge to fill in the gap in your smile?

Why You Should Get a Dental Bridge

Fixed or removable, a bridge can help complete your smile. This will make you less self-conscious about showing your teeth in photographs or laughing. You’ll find it easier to chew food when you have those missing teeth replaced. Whichever tooth replacement you decide on will also help maintain tooth alignment.

If implant surgery is not a realistic option for you, then a traditional bridge may be your best solution.

Downsides to a Dental Bridge

Bridges aren’t always the perfect tooth replacement. Removable partial dentures can put stress on your remaining teeth. Trimming down your natural teeth for crowns to support a permanent dental bridge can also weaken them.

A fixed bridge can be annoying to clean under and around. A removable partial may be easier to clean on the other hand but can also be embarrassing to remove it when you’re around other people.

Which Tooth Replacement Option Should You Get?

Your dentist will help you choose between a fixed bridge, implant, or even a removable partial denture depending on your oral health needs.

Visiting a restorative dentist is the best way to decide on a natural-looking and comfortable tooth replacement that works for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Oct
22

Pros and Cons of a Fixed Dental Bridge

Posted in Dental Bridges

What is a fixed dental bridge?

A dental bridge one type of replacement for a missing tooth or teeth, fixed on both sides to existing teeth.

Pros

  • They won’t fall out. Fixed dental bridges are cemented into the mouth, so you can be sure they’re not going anywhere.
  • Fast – the process can be completed within a couple of appointments.
  • Discreet – they don’t look much different from your normal teeth, so they’re not noticeable.
  • Strong – a dental bridge can help you chew foods you love with ease.

Cons

  • They affect other teeth – To anchor the bridge, your dentist must file down and cap the two adjacent teeth. If you decide to ditch your dental bridge and switch to another option later, those previously healthy teeth will need crowns because of the enamel having been reshaped.
  • Difficult to clean – It can be a hassle to floss and clean thoroughly around and underneath the bridge, but cleaning must be performed daily.
  • Not permanent – Eventually your dental bridge will need to be replaced, just like any other restoration would.
  • Gradually the bone in your jaw will shrink away underneath the crown and create a gap under the bridge, which can cause gum problems and a collapsed smile.

What Are Your Alternatives?

Partial dentures function similarly to a bridge, but they are removable and easier to clean.

Dental implants are a more permanent tooth replacement option. Unlike bridges, they preserve the shape of your jaw and they’re easy to care for. If you’re ready for the commitment and want to invest in your healthiest smile possible, implants are a great option.

Consult your dentist to find out which is the best option for you.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Aug
22

Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?

Posted in Dental Bridges

Dental bridges work just like road ones do…but with an extra feature. They span a gap to connect Point A and Point B while suspending a replacement tooth in the middle.

Should you replace your missing tooth with a bridge?

What Makes Up a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are made the same way dental crowns are. A bridge is just two crowns bonded over (abutment) teeth on either side of a gap. A false tooth is attached between the crowns.

You may get a bridge made entirely out of a durable metal, like gold. Most people, however, prefer the natural look of porcelain.

Some bridges are made of a combination of materials: a metal base that anchors to the teeth covered with a porcelain layer for aesthetics.

Dental Bridges: the Pros and Cons

First, a few of the benefits.

Bridges work great for anyone who doesn’t want the hassle of a removable partial denture. Once the bridge is in place, it stays there for good. A bridge will also help maintain your tooth alignment, preventing other teeth from shifting into the empty gap. Finally, bridges help prevent food from packing into the gums.

Now here’s why you may want to consider bridge alternatives:

Like other dental restorations, a bridge won’t last forever. It will eventually need to be replaced. Also, to get a bridge, you have to crown at least two teeth, and if they’re healthy teeth, crowning will only weaken them unnecessarily. While bridges even out your bite, they don’t keep the gum and bone in the gap from shrinking.

Ask your dentist whether a bridge is the best option for replacing your lost tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

May
6

Should You Get a Dental Bridge?

Posted in Dental Bridges

People have relied on dental bridges for decades. Not just patients as a whole – some individuals have literally had a fixed dental bridge hold up for years!

A dental bridge is a false tooth suspended between functional dental crowns, and it’s a great way to fill in a gap left by missing teeth. Completing your smile with this restoration isn’t the only solution, however.

How do you know if a dental bridge is right for you?

When a Bridge Is a Good Idea

People who aren’t able to have dental implant surgery usually opt for a dental bridge. They could be limited by the cost or by their health. Getting a bridge is more conservative budget-wise

A bridge is often the preferred alternative to a removable partial denture. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle (and occasional embarrassment) of wearing a removable appliance, then you might like a fixed bridge.

Cons of a Dental Bridge

Dental bridges can be a little tricky to clean underneath. But daily cleaning is essential to keeping the gums and neighboring teeth healthy. There are special floss and flossing tools designed for wiping away plaque and food from under a bridge.

The biggest downside to a bridge is that it often requires one or two healthy teeth to be trimmed down for crowns. The bridge needs something for support! But using those teeth for crowns could wind up shortening their lifespan.

Ultimately, it’s up to you and your dentist to figure out which restorative solution is best for your smile. Your dentist will explain how your lifestyle, health, and the shape of your factor into the decision.

Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-122

Nov
30

Your Bridge Just Fell Off: What Comes Next?

Posted in Dental Bridges

Great. You’re in the middle of a meal when something feels “off” in your mouth. You’ve excused yourself and stepped aside to the bathroom to find out what’s going on. With a gentle nudge of your finger, you notice that your dental bridge is rocking out of place. In fact, it’s completely lifting off of your teeth. You decide it’s best to not accidentally swallow it, so you’ve picked it up off your teeth and set it in a cup.

What Now?

Is it best to pop over to the grocery store to find some temporary cement and reattach your crown? You’re not sure, so the next thing to do is call your dentist. If the bridge is in an area that’s not visible when you smile — and you’re not in pain — your dentist will book you for an appointment at your next earliest convenience.

Bring Your Bridge with You

Your dentist will need to find out what made your bridge fall off. In most cases, it’s not because you were chewing on it too hard or flossing underneath it. Rather, it’s likely that the bond between your bridge and the tooth underneath it began to leak. This allowed new bacteria to seep in, causing erosion of the healthy tooth structure underneath. Either your bridge was getting pretty old and had already “put in its time” or you might not have been keeping it very clean with floss each day.

If your teeth are still healthy, your dentist may be able to clean out your bridge and re-cement it permanently to your teeth. Otherwise, the prosthesis might need to be replaced with something else.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Sep
19

4 Ways to Keep a Dental Bridge Clean and Healthy

Posted in Dental Bridges

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…

  1. Take A New Approach To Brushing

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.

  1. Find The Right Flossing Device

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.

  1. Don’t Neglect The Crowns

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.

  1. Rinse Well!

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:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

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