A dental bridge is an excellent way to replace multiple missing teeth in a row. It is a tooth replacement solution that can help you smile more confidently for years to come. However, just like any other dental restoration, it needs to be cared for properly. Neglecting to clean your dental bridge (and the area around it) can result in tooth decay or periodontal disease, and eventually bone loss in your jaw. Since a dental bridge is among the largest restorations, there are some additional considerations when caring for it.
Dental bridges are designed to close a relatively large open space where teeth are missing. They attach to a natural tooth or dental implant on either side. A dental bridge is vulnerable to decay and gum disease because food debris and bacteria can accumulate under the bridge or in the gum pockets on the inside surfaces of the teeth that support the bridge. Cleaning the area under and around your bridge on a daily basis is vital to the health of your smile and the longevity of your dental bridge.
What is the best way to clean under a dental bridge? Many dentists recommend using a floss threader. This unique flossing tool allows effective cleaning and easy maneuvering under the bridge and into the gum pockets of each tooth. Other hygiene devices that can make dental bridge cleaning easier are water flossers and proxa brushes.
At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we not only place top quality bridges, but we help patients care for them as well. We realize that your dental bridge is an investment that needs to be protected. Along with diligent at-home brushing and flossing, it is important to see your dentist on a regular basis. Dr. Gilreath can detect and treat tartar buildup before it compromises the quality and function of your dental bridge.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,