If you are the new owner of a dental bridge, congratulations! Getting a dental bridge has restored your smile and allows you to eat and speak without problems. We want to take a minute of your time to give you some information about dental bridges. There are a few steps you need to add to your oral care routine now that you have a dental bridge.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are a way to replace one or more teeth on one side of your mouth, or on opposite sides of your mouth. There are different types of dental bridges. The most common type is the traditional bridge. In a traditional bridge, the two metal ends of the bridge are cemented to two natural teeth, two crowns, or two implants. The prosthetic teeth are in the middle of the bridge. In a cantilever bridge, there is only one end that is cemented to a tooth, implant, or crown. A Maryland bridge has wings made of metal or porcelain that are attached to teeth, crowns, or implants. Maryland bridges are often used in the front of your teeth--either upper or lower teeth.
How To Care for Bridges
Bridges are easy to care for. You will brush them and floss them like your regular teeth. However, you need to add an extra step. You need to floss underneath the bridge. That's because if you don't, plaque will build up, which can cause gum disease under the bridge. Also, you will need to avoid sticky foods with a bridge, because sticky foods can pull the bridgework out of place. If you play a lot of contact sports, you also might want to think about wearing a mouthguard to protect your bridge as well.
Do you have questions about your bridge work? We can help answer your questions. Contact us today, and let us help you understand how to properly care for your bridge.
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