|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
June 12, 2017
Dental bridges are a wonderful dental cosmetic tool that is used to replace one or more missing teeth in the mouth. it is a simple device that can correct your smile, restore your ability to eat and speak, and can protect the surrounding teeth from shifting out of position. While a bridge is a simple dental device, it can become damaged like anything else in the mouth. There are some problems that can arise over time with dental bridges and a number of them can occur when eating. It may be a little uncomfortable to eat when you first get a bridge but it will get easier. The following are a few tips to help if difficulties arise with your dental bridge.
Food Particle Build-up
A dental bridge is made to fit seamlessly against the patient’s gum line. However, there are some factors including bone resorption or a poorly fitting device that can cause spaces to form between the bottom of the bridge and the gum line. These spaces provide the perfect place for food particles to become lodged in. if these food particles accumulate and are not removed when brushing, then bacteria can begin to form in the mouth. These particles and bacteria can lead to bad breath and eventually result in gum disease.
Dental bridges are made to be a permanent part of the mouth once it is placed in, meaning it cannot be removed conveniently to clean like dentures. Once bacteria forms in the mouth it can combine with the saliva in the mouth and start to form plague. When the plaque is not removed regularly it can begin to harden into tartar. Tartar is even harder to remove than plaque. Tartar can lead to gingivitis and eventually periodontal disease, bone and tooth loss. The bridge needs to be cleans at a professional cleaning at least every six months to remove any tartar that may have formed.
Besides taking proper dental care of the bridge, dentists will advise patients to avoid chewing extensively on hard foods like raw vegetables, hard candies and ice. These foods can cause damage to the surface of the bridge. If the damage is severe enough or not repaired quickly, the dental bridge may need to be replaced.
Fixing Dental Bridge Problems
The key to making your dental bridge last as long as possible is preventative measures. Follow the tips bellow to get the best wear from your bridge:
- Make sure your dentist has checked to see that the bridge fits perfectly along the gum line before leaving the office.
- Avoid foods that cause dental problems, including sugary and starchy foods, hard and sticky snacks and candies and other hard substance like ice.
- Practice and maintain good oral hygiene, which includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, using a mouth rinse and getting a professional dental cleaning every six months.
- Use a toothbrush that is designed to clean hard to reach areas. Also try a proxybrush to clean areas with open spaces.
- Rinse after you brush the teeth with an antiseptic mouthwash.
- Schedule regular checkups with your dentist to ensure that the dental bridge is still intact and performing like it should.
- Have regular cleanings at the dental office to remove any tartar that may have formed and to remove bacteria in hard to reach areas of the mouth. Regular cleanings can help prevent gingivitis and other oral disease.
It is possible to maintain a healthy dental bridge and avoid most of these problems if you are proactive, by taking care of the mouth and ensuring good oral hygiene.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.