Tips for Bridge Care

 

Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges Houston, TXWe are fortunate to have the dental technology we do today; far fewer people are losing teeth as a result of current knowledge and treatment options. At Royal Dental, patients are encouraged to visit us often for preventive care that minimizes the risk of tooth loss. If necessary, though, our team has the extensive training to restore form and function with lifelike dental restorations.

Many people today choose to replace missing teeth with implants. However, dental bridges are still a good option in some cases. One of the important considerations that must be made before choosing a dental bridge is how it will be maintained to maximize longevity.

Structure Plays into Care

A dental bridge is different than natural teeth, and also from dental implant treatment, which means the care required to avoid unnecessary dental troubles is slightly more in-depth. This is because the bridge has an artificial tooth that sits on top of the gums. Care must be taken to remove biofilm and debris on a daily basis. Another difference in a dental bridge is the presence of two dental crowns, which creates a ridge around each anchor tooth that could attract bacteria.

How to Manage Oral Health with a Dental Bridge

  • Brush morning and night. This is nothing new, right? The thing is, brushing needs to carefully focus on the base of the two teeth that hold the bridge. The objective is to keep bacteria from accumulating in the small ridge, so none travel beneath the crown to cause trouble.
  • Use proper flossing technique. We realize that a large majority of people have a hard time remembering to floss as it is, let alone with a special dental fixture to work around. A floss threader is a special tool that makes flossing around the bridge possible. If you have a bridge, use this tool. Do not skip the floss. Bacteria beneath the bridge, or anywhere in the mouth, can find their way to the vulnerable area around dental crowns.
  • Use gentle brushing technique. As important as brushing is to good oral health, some people fall into the trap of overdoing it. It is vital that light pressure is used to brush teeth. Too much force abrades the gums, which can lead to recession, which can lead to gingivitis or worse. Also, toothbrush bristles can cause tiny scratches in the ceramic “teeth” in a dental bridge. Where there are scratches, there are bacteria.

In addition to thoughtful home care, routine checkups and cleanings provide the maintenance that is needed to support the long-term function of a dental bridge.

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