A dental bridge is an ideal method of replacing the gaps that missing teeth leave behind. This fixed dental restoration is customized to match your unique smile so that others won’t know you suffered tooth loss. Best of all, a dental bridge helps patients achieve a strong and attractive smile while also preventing issues like shifting teeth, bone loss and other oral health complications that are caused by tooth loss.
However, like any dental restoration, dental bridges do not last forever, and they are subject to damage and premature wear. Knowing how to properly care for your bridge can help you maximize your restorative dentistry investment and extend the lifespan of your dental bridge. Follow these simple instructions to keep your dental bridge and your dental health in top condition.
Ways to Keep Your Dental Bridge Clean
While your bridge is composed of a “pontic” of prosthetic teeth, it doesn’t mean you can skip your cleaning routine on and around your bridge. Since your bridge rests on your gums and you have natural teeth on either side of your dental bridge, tooth decay and gum disease can still occur.
Brushing your dental bridge can be performed with a soft-bristled or powered toothbrush. Use a 45-degree angle, and don’t forget to gently clean the edges of your bridge where it meets your natural teeth. Brushing too aggressively can cause gum recession around your bridge.
When it comes to flossing, a water flosser is highly recommended. This handheld device is easy to use and provides effective cleaning in areas under your bridge where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing is your most powerful weapon against unwanted gum disease, which can quickly threaten the health of your smile and the stability of your dental bridge.
Last but not least, professional cleanings should be a part of caring for your dental bridge. This involves scheduling an appointment at your dentist for a routine visit. Professional dental cleanings can remove plaque after it has hardened, and they also include polishing off unsightly stains on your natural teeth so that your dental bridge doesn’t look whiter than the rest of your smile. Most importantly, this dental checkup ensures any cracks, chips or other issues within your dental bridge are fixed promptly and conservatively!
Want to learn more about caring for your dental bridge? Call Gainesville Dental Group. We proudly offer beautiful porcelain bridges to restore your smile health and appearance after missing teeth.
Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group