Dental Bridge Maintenance
Tooth Bridge maintenance for all Dental bridges is very important, because the teeth they are attached to, can still decay or get gum disease or infection. As a Bridge is attached to and dependent on the supporting teeth, if these teeth were damaged or lost then so would the bridge be, with any larger gap then perhaps being too wide for an even longer bridge, meaning more complex implants or removable part-dentures instead!
One can also get food particles, grains or pips stuck under the Bridge pontic, which replaces the missing tooth, so special bridge cleaning methods are needed, such as "super-floss" to clean underneath these bridge areas, to prevent bad breath and/or infection resulting from not cleaning the bridge properly.
A dental bridge depends on the health of the adjacent teeth and gums for support.
To care for your bridge, brush and floss normally after each meal and don't miss regualr dental visits and cleanings to prevent problems too.
Superfloss and floss threaders are effective self-help tools for keeping the area under your bridge plaque-free. Superfloss has a stiff end that helps in threading it through tight areas, and a fuzzy tufted segment that can remove plaque as you floss. Insert the superfloss under the bridge and use it to floss the sides of the teeth and under the bridge.
Floss threaders also aid in removing plaque. Pull out about 18 inches of floss, insert it through the floss threader, and then use the threader to insert the floss under your bridge. Floss to remove food particles and plaque from the sides of the teeth and under the bridge.
Use the same procedure to care for your temporary bridge, being careful not to dislodge it as you brush and floss. If it does come loose, gently re-attach it; call your dentist if your temporary bridge frequently comes loose. Depending on the situation, your dentist may give you additional tools and recommend techniques to help keep all the areas around your bridge free from plaque build up.
Regular visits to your Dentist are also important to prevent or discover any problems early.
The right Toothbrushing and Flossing Techniques do reduce damaging Dental Plaque.
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*Dr.Kilcoyne is a UK registered Specialist in Prosthodontics (GDC No.58373) which includes The Functional and Cosmetic Dentistry aspects of Crowns, Dental Implants, Bridges, Veneers, Fillings, Dentures, Bonding etc. Please go to our MAKE an APPOINTMENT page if you'd like to access his Expertise.
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