A bridge should be treated very similarly to other natural teeth. Most importantly, you should continue excellent oral hygiene with routine brushing and flossing. The only change dentists recommend is the way you floss around the bridge. When flossing the two ends of the bridge, you should slide the floss out instead of lifting the floss up and snapping it out. Your hygienist or dentist will practice this technique with you. Also, a special instrument will be needed to floss underneath the fake tooth in the middle part of the bridge. This instrument is called a floss-threader and can be purchased at a local drugstore. Your dentist and hygienist will teach you how to properly floss and use a floss-threader to keep the bridge clean.
Even though a dental bridge covers the visible portion of your teeth above the gum line, a cavity can still develop where the edge of a bridge meets natural tooth structure. Thus, proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to prevent and treat any potential problems.
Why I wrote these articles on dental bridges:
In my office, bridges are an extremely common procedure to replace missing teeth. Do you remember when you were 15 years old and could not imagine losing a tooth? As we age, losing a tooth may unfortunately become a reality. Whenever a new patient comes to my office missing a tooth or several teeth, I explain the benefits of replacing them as soon as possible. The internet unfortunately offers insufficient information about this subject, and people delay seeing the dentist as a result. So, I decided to write these articles and provide extensive information about the advantages, disadvantages, types, costs, and indications of dental bridges and implants to replace missing teeth. I hope you enjoy the articles. If you have any further questions about bridges or implants or you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please feel free to contact us.