3 Tips for Caring for Your Fixed Dental Bridge
If you have been living with the inconvenience of missing teeth, the day you have your new dental bridge placed can be very rewarding. You no longer have to hide your smile behind your hands or experience discomfort when you eat your favorite foods. Best of all, you feel confident because you know you look your best.
Also known as a fixed partial denture, a bridge made using high-quality materials looks so natural that it can be easy to forget that, like any other dental restoration, it needs special care. When your dentist places dental bridges in Alpharetta, he will also explain the steps you need to take to keep the bridge in good condition, such as:
#1: Invest in a Water Flosser
Cleaning a dental bridge presents unique challenges; since dental floss can’t get under your bridgework, you need to use a floss threader to clean your teeth and gums properly. It's not a complicated process, but since you invested a lot in your new restoration, you may also want to consider investing in a water flosser to make the job more efficient. These devices are widely available, can be used in other parts of your mouth, and have been found to be as effective as string floss for removing plaque and reducing bleeding of the gums.
#2: Prevent Damage to Your Bridgework
A dental bridge can last for 5 to 10 years when cared for properly. Avoid biting down on hard foods like nuts and chewing on ice, both of which can damage your restoration. Teeth grinding can also compromise your bridge, so ask your dentist about customizing a night guard to wear while you sleep.
#3: Keep Remaining Teeth Healthy and Strong
To a great extent, the stability of your bridge relies on the health of the anchor teeth to which it’s affixed. Take the usual steps to ensure good oral health with conscientious oral hygiene and twice-yearly preventive exams and cleanings.
Please Call Us for More Helpful Information
If you are considering dental bridges in Alpharetta, please call Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry and arrange a consultation. Dr. Kai and our team have many helpful tips for maintaining your bridge and your oral health in general.