Proper home care after crown and bridge treatment can prevent the need for repair near Discovery Bay
Tooth loss is a problem faced by many adults today. Although tooth loss occurs for various reasons, there are two primary methods for replacement. In our Brentwood dental practice, we help patients regain full function and beautiful smiles with crown and bridge
treatment, or dental implant treatment. With proper care, the need for repair
of crowns and bridges in our office near Discovery Bay
can be prevented.
Dental bridges have been used for decades to span the gap left after a tooth or teeth have been lost. This option for tooth replacement continues to provide patients with a viable solution to missing teeth, restoring a healthy, natural looking smile and excellent chewing function.
The most common type of dental bridge is the fixed bridge. This restoration is made in a dental lab, designed from a mold of the patient's teeth after they have been prepared for treatment. Preparation for a fixed bridge includes the slight reduction of the tooth on each side of the gap so that they may accommodate dental crowns. As the name implies, the fixed bridge is affixed to two healthy teeth via dental crowns. In between these crowns is where the artificial tooth lies.
Replacing a missing tooth with a fixed dental bridge recreates the support needed for a natural bite, prevents shifting of remaining teeth, prevents undue wear and tear on other teeth, and aids clear speech.
Maintaining your bridge for long lasting function
Dental bridges are fabricated from durable materials. This does not mean, however, that they cannot be damaged. For most patients, crown and bridge treatment can last fifteen years or longer. Proper care is necessary to achieve longevity.
One of the most important aspects of bridge and crown care is oral hygiene. If food debris and plaque buildup around crowns or beneath the artificial tooth, the risk of gum disease increases sharply. Should crowned teeth become infected or decayed, the success of the bridge is in jeopardy.
Care tips for your dental bridge include:
- Using a soft bristled toothbrush, clean all sides of the bridge just like natural teeth. Tooth brushing can be done at least twice a day if not after each meal.
- Floss all teeth, using a flossing tool to reach the area beneath your bridge. Your dentist can discuss with you the various techniques or tools, such as an oral irrigator, to clean around a bridge effectively.
- Avoid consuming foods that are either very crunchy, like hard candy, or sticky, like taffy. These types of foods place a great deal of stress on crowns and bridges.
- Avoid biting or chewing on hard objects, including ice.
- See your dentist every six months for professional checkups and cleanings.
Dr. Alkhoury offers gentle, effective care to help you regain confidence in your smile. Contact our office for your visit.
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