How to Care for Your Dental Bridge
Created on August 30, 2017
Tooth loss is a problem that may now be addressed in a variety of ways. This is fortunate because every situation is unique. We often hear about the advantages of dental implant treatment for tooth replacement, but there are some patients for whom a fixed bridge makes the most sense. A dental bridge is an affordable treatment option that can function well for several years. The important note about longevity, though, is that you’ve got to take good care of this fixture to avoid problems.
First, a Look at Structure
A dental bridge is a short row of teeth. The fixture consists of two dental crowns, situated at the ends of the bridge. In between these crowns is an artificial tooth. The three are fused together. As a unit, the bridge is affixed to two natural teeth via the crowns. The artificial tooth in the middle can then sit securely in the gap.
Due to the unique structure of a dental bridge, oral care needs to change slightly after restorative treatment. A bridge can be maintained with:
- Twice-a-day brushing. Materials used in the dental bridge do not deteriorate like natural enamel can. However, brushing is crucial to optimal maintenance because, without adequate care, bacteria may accumulate at the base of the crowns that hold the bridge. The exposure to bacterial acidity at the gum line could ultimately lead to cavities or infection beneath a crown.
- There are two ways to be gentle with the artificial teeth in the dental bridge. One way is to avoid chewing hard objects. Even a rogue kernel of popcorn might cause a fracture or chip in the ceramic teeth of the bridge. Gentleness is also important when you brush. Rigid toothbrush bristles can cause finite scratches on dental ceramic, and bacteria can accumulate in the ridges. Using a toothbrush with soft bristles decreases risks to the bridge and also to gum tissue.
- The benefits of flossing do no diminish when you have a dental bridge. Flossing is vital to gum disease prevention, and this practice will call for a minor modification around the bridge. Floss threaders enable you to floss beneath the artificial tooth, so biofilm does not sit undisturbed on the gums.
Oral care is as important after tooth loss as it is with a full set of natural teeth. We are here to support you. To schedule a visit with us, call (413) 781-7645.