Dental bridges are an effective solution for replacing missing teeth, restoring your smile, and improving your oral health. However, like any dental restoration, they require proper care and maintenance to ensure their longevity and functionality.
Our Grand Haven dentist wants to ensure that your dental bridge lasts as long as possible. We’ve created a guide that helps you better understand how to care for your dental bridge.
When it comes to caring for your new dental bridge, there are a few essential things to keep in mind:
Regular monitoring of your dental bridges is crucial to identify signs of wear and tear early on. Common indications that your dental bridge may require attention include:
While dental bridges are durable, they may eventually require replacement due to wear and tear or changes in your dental condition.
Schedule an appointment with our Grand Haven dentist to assess the condition of your existing dental bridge and discuss your concerns. He’ll evaluate your oral health, examine the bridge, and determine if replacement is necessary.
If replacement is recommended, the dentist will prepare the supporting teeth or implants by removing the existing bridge. In some cases, additional procedures, such as root canal treatment or implant placement, may be required to ensure optimal support for the new bridge.
Impressions of your teeth and the surrounding area will be taken to create a custom-made dental bridge that matches your natural teeth in shape, size, and color. These impressions will be sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication.
While waiting for the permanent bridge to be fabricated, a temporary bridge may be placed to protect your teeth and maintain aesthetics.
Once the new bridge is ready, it will be tested for fit, aesthetics, and functionality. Our dentist will ensure that the bridge fits comfortably, aligns properly with your bite, and blends seamlessly with your natural teeth. Once everything is confirmed, the new bridge will be cemented or secured in place.
It’s essential to clean under and around your dental bridge every day. Just like with natural teeth, bacteria and food particles can accumulate around the bridge, leading to gum disease or tooth decay in the adjacent teeth. Using specialized floss, such as super floss or a floss threader, can help you effectively clean these areas.
Yes, you can use a regular toothbrush to clean your dental bridge. However, consider using a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid scratching the surface of the bridge. Some people also find an electric toothbrush effective in maintaining oral hygiene when they have dental restorations.
Dental bridges, especially those made from porcelain, can resist stains better than natural teeth. However, the bonding agents or the cement used to attach the bridge can discolor over time. It’s a good idea to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after consuming staining foods or beverages to minimize the risk.
Proper maintenance and timely replacement of dental bridges are essential for maintaining oral health and preserving the longevity of your restoration. By staying vigilant and addressing any signs of wear and tear promptly, you can avoid further complications and ensure the success of your dental bridge. Remember to maintain good oral hygiene practices, visit our dental office regularly, and follow their recommendations for optimal bridge care.