The bridge installed by Dana Dental Arts is designed to completely restore the structure function and appearance of your lost tooth. While your new bridge is made from materials like gold, base metals or porcelain that are not susceptible to bacteria, it will still require serious inclusion in your daily oral hygiene routine. This will help prevent gum disease and extend the life of your new bridge.
Hardened tartar buildup near the gum line, significantly promotes gum disease. The advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis, can pose a serious threat to your bridge in a couple of different ways.
This level of infection in the gum tissues causes your gums to slowly pull back from the base of your teeth. This promotes infection and inflammation in the gum tissues base of your teeth where the ends of your bridge is cemented to the abutments. The bacterial presence can start to weaken the cement holding your bridge in place.
Left unchecked, periodontitis can cause a loss bone structure near the base of the abutments. This can result in one or both of them coming loose from the anchoring structure of your jaw.
Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will help to remove plaque and food particles before they can harden into tartar. If you are having trouble cleaning around the bridge, you might want to try using interdental brush, a floss threader with waxy floss or a dental water jet.
If you would like to know more about how to adequately clean and maintain your new bridge, you can call Dana Dental Arts to schedule a consultation.