The bridge installed by our dentists completely restores the structure and appearance of your lost tooth. Even though the bridge is made from materials that are not subject to tooth decay, it will still need consideration in your daily oral hygiene routine to maximize its potential lifespan.
Hardened tartar buildup near the gum line significantly promotes gum disease. In time advanced gum disease can pose a serious threat to your bridge in a couple of different ways. The most advanced form of gum disease, known as periodontitis, will cause your gum tissues to 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 failing.
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 an 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 Dental Center at 801.224.6165 to set up an appointment.