Bridges fill the gaps left by missing teeth and are used in combination with dental crowns. The William Lessne, D.D.S. & Bilal Chaudhry D.D.S. team creates a bridge by attaching a prosthetic tooth (crown) to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The crown sits on top of the gum line to fill the space and replace the missing tooth.
In addition to the aesthetic benefits of replacing a missing tooth, filling the gap between your teeth with a bridge helps prevent your teeth from moving out of position. A bridge also helps restore your mouth’s functioning, including chewing and speaking clearly.
Bridges are indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Your dentist selects a dental crown to match the color and shape of your natural teeth so that when it is bridged between your teeth to fill the gap, it looks just like your own teeth.
While the crown of your bridge cannot get cavities or decay, the gum tissue and supporting teeth of the bridge can become damaged without proper care for your bridge.
Use a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft toothbrush to clean all surfaces of your bridge and teeth carefully. Spend a little more time cleaning around the gum line as that’s where plaque tends to get thicker.
Because the bridge sits on top of your gum line, you need to thread dental floss between the gums and your bridge. Once threaded under the bridge, swipe the floss back and forth under and around each supporting tooth to clean the surface of the gums and below the gum line.
You can also purchase a water flosser to spray a steady stream of water to loosen plaque and food debris from under the bridge. Just aim the spray under and around the bridge, and anything trapped underneath it should come out.
The sooner you replace your missing tooth with a bridge, the better your chances of maintaining the health of your teeth. Give the office a call, or book an appointment online with William Lessne, D.D.S. & Bilal Chaudhry D.D.S. today.