Tips for Preserving Your Dental Bridge
By J. Brent Gorrell on March 06, 2019
Dental bridges are designed to close the gaps in your smile with a prosthetic tooth. At Gorrell Smiles, our dental bridges are manufactured out of high-quality materials. A dental bridge can be anchored to adjacent teeth or it can be attached to dental implants that surgically placed in the jawbone.
Doctors J. Brent Gorrell and Summer Xue Xia offer both types of dental bridges at our Mountain View, CA office. Once the bridge is in place, patients must maintain good oral care. In this blog post, we offer tips for maintaining your dental bridge.
How Should I Maintain My Dental Bridge?
Generally speaking, what’s good for your natural teeth is good for your dental bridge. These tips can add years to the life of your dental bridge.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Brush at least twice a day and floss regularly. By taking preventative steps, you can lower the risk of gum disease and plaque buildup around your dental bridge. Maintaining the health of the underlying bone and surrounding gum tissue is critical to ensuring that your dental bridge is not compromised.
One key step is to remember to floss under traditional bridges. Floss or use of a water flosser can aid in the process. One of our dentists can demonstrate how to properly clean your dental bridge. Cleaning also ensures that your dental bridge maintains the same color as your surrounding natural teeth.
The Cleveland Clinic recommends eating a balanced diet (more fruits, vegetables, and fiber) as a means to promote overall oral health.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Twice a year cleanings and oral exams not only ensure that your dental bridge is properly cleaned; these visits also help identify damage to your bridge.
Minor damage can normally be repaired without the need for replacing the entire bridge. By catching minor problems early on, you can avoid costly repairs down the road.
Tips for Avoiding Damage to Your Dental Bridge
Dental bridges are built to withstand normal wear and tear associated with eating and chewing, but the prosthetics are not impervious to damage. Following these tips can help you avoid unnecessary bridge damage.
Tobacco use has been tied to gum disease and loss of jawbone mass, both of which are known risk factors for dental bridge failure.
Address Teeth Grinding
Bruxism can wear or even chip or crack dental bridges. Wearing a mouthguard at night or addressing the underlying causes of teeth grinding can prevent damage to your dental bridge.
Avoid Potentially Damaging Foods
Hard foods such as nuts and unpopped corn kernels can chip or damage dental bridges. If you have a traditional bridge, avoid sticky foods that can loosen or even dislodge your prosthetic. To preserve the appearance of your teeth, you may also want to avoid stain-inducing drinks like coffee and tea.
Visit Gorrell Smiles Today
Choosing and maintaining your dental bridge begins by finding a skilled and respected dentist to guide you through the process. Dr. Gorrell is an active member of several esteemed organizations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. If you are ready to learn about the benefits of dental implants, contact our office online today or call (650) 967-1441.
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