Caring for your dental bridge
Bridges are semi-permanent prosthetic devices that are positioned onto existing teeth or implants by a prosthodontist. Bridges are commonly used aesthetically to cover a damaged tooth, gaps or an implant. Typically, bridges are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth once was. A fixed bridge might not always be the best solution and an implant-supported bridge can be a more conservative treatment choice. This is especially the case where natural teeth are no longer present or are not healthy or strong enough to support a bridge.
In order to maintain a long-term solution, taking care of a dental bridge is of the upmost importance. As with your natural teeth if neglected, bridges can become loose or even fall out. Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice per day. A Water Pik, water flosser is also a suitable solution to help remove bacteria and food particles from hard to reach areas. Avoid chewing sticky, chewy or hard foods. See your prosthodontist and hygienist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups.