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:
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
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
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.
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
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