How to Take Care of Your Dental Bridge

The main purpose of a dental bridge is to replace missing teeth. This permanent structure anchors artificial teeth — or pontics — in between crowns on each side of the gap in your mouth. 

Dental crowns look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. They either cover an existing tooth like a cap, or they sit on top of a dental implant anchored in your jaw.

There are different types of bridges, but we consider them all a permanent solution because you don’t remove them from your mouth at the end of the day, as you would with a denture.

However, just because they’re permanent, it doesn’t mean they last forever. That’s why taking good care of your bridge plays a big role in how long it lasts.

At South Bay Prosthodontics in Torrance, California, our team can restore your smile with a high-quality bridge. Further, our guidance can help you keep it as a long-lasting solution for your missing teeth.

Good oral hygiene

One of the concerns with dental bridges is the increased risk of plaque buildup and gum disease. 

That’s because it's easy for bacteria and food debris to get trapped around or underneath a bridge and support crowns. This puts you at risk of plaque buildup and tooth decay, which can weaken your teeth and gums, causing your bridge to fail.

Fortunately, the easiest way to avoid this is by practicing good oral hygiene. Our team recommends:

When you practice good hygiene, you can maintain the health of your gums and surrounding teeth, which keeps them strong so they can support your bridge and definitely.  

Dietary changes

Don’t worry, you don’t have to completely overhaul your diet when you get a dental bridge. However, making a few changes can help your dental bridge last longer. Start with these changes as soon as you get your temporary bridge or crowns while waiting for your permanent appliance to get placed. 

When you have a temporary bridge, it’s important to remember that these devices aren’t fixed in place as securely as your permanent bridge. As a result, you should avoid foods that are especially chewy or hard, like crusty bread, gum, and hard candy. That’s because these types of items can dislodge your temporary bridge.

Once we place your permanent dental bridge, you have fewer restrictions. But that doesn’t mean your new appliance can’t get damaged. These devices are strong and durable, but they’ll never be the same as your natural teeth. 

Because of that, you should use care while eating items that can cause damage, such as:

For the best results, we recommend focusing on a healthy diet high in whole grains, lean sources of protein, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy. And remember to drink plenty of water to keep your mouth clean and moist — two surefire ways of reducing your chances of plaque buildup and tooth decay.

Are you ready to schedule a visit to discuss your dental bridge? Contact our office by calling 310-378-9261 today.

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