What You Should Know About Dental Bridge Maintenance
Curious about how to take care of dental bridges? We’ve got the answers.

Dental Bridges in Guelph

Dental bridges are fixed or permanent oral appliances that fill the gap in the mouth where one or more teeth are missing, restoring the function of the bite and overall appearance of the smile. Typically, a dental bridge will attach to a person’s healthy teeth on either side of the space in their mouth.

A dental bridge has the ability to last for years (5-7 years or even longer) before it requires professional repair or replacement.

Signs that your bridge is in need of repair include experiencing sensitivity in the teeth or gums surrounding the bridge (including during brushing/flossing), or noticing a crack in your tooth or broken pieces of porcelain. Additionally, if your bridge is loose or ill-fitting at all, this is also a reason to see our dentist in Guelph.

You might also notice or feel a crack in your tooth, or pieces of the porcelain may come off. If you notice chips or cracks in your dental bridge or feel pain or sensitivity when chewing or brushing, you should see your dentist right away.

In order to keep your dental bridge in top shape for as long as possible, you’ll need to adhere to a proper daily care routine.

The leading reason why a dental bridge may fail or require repair is a lack of proper oral care.

Without an adequate daily oral care routine, bacteria can wreak havoc on your mouth through entering under the bridge through the crowns, leading to decay in your natural teeth supporting the bridge (thus reducing its stability). In fact, any change to these supporting teeth can compromise the stability of your dental bridge, leading to failure.

Other reasons why a dental bridge may fail include poor habits such as grinding the teeth (including at night during sleep) or chewing on a hard object/nail biting, in addition to a general lack of regular dental care including seeing the dentist and hygienist every 6 or so months as recommended.

How to properly take care of a dental bridge

When it comes to cleaning your dental bridge every day, firstly ensure that you’re using the right tools for the task. Superfloss, an interdental brush, floss threader or even a water pick can reach between or under your dental bridge to remove bacteria and particles of food.

It's also important to be using the proper technique to clean your bridge:

In order to clean your dental bridge using superfloss, start by directing the floss’s stiff end into the little gap between the bridge and tooth, and gently pull the floss until the spongey section reaches the bridge.

After that, wrap the spongey section of floss around your natural tooth, and slide it up and down in order to clean the adjacent tooth. Next, gently use a back-and-forth motion with the spongey floss between the gum and the base of the bridge in order to remove bacteria from underneath the artificial tooth, then wrap the spongey floss around your natural tooth at the opposite side of the dental bridge, sliding it up and down to cleanse the adjacent tooth surface. Lastly, you’ll want to pull the superfloss out slowly from the space between the tooth and dental bridge.

Finally, after you are finished cleaning your dental bridge, simply brush and floss your teeth as you normally do - which should ideally be with a soft bristled toothbrush, twice a day for two full minutes.

Have more questions about how to take care of dental bridges, or ready for your first dental bridge consultation?

Our Guelph dentist would be pleased to see you!

Contact our office today to schedule your dental bridge appointment with our experienced and friendly Dr. Dana Coman.

Dr. Coman Dentistry

85 Norfolk Street, Suite 308
Guelph, ON N1H 4J4

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