What is a Bridge?
A bridge is a great way to replace one or more missing teeth by crowning teeth on either side of the space. A bridge is fixed into the mouth so it looks and functions naturally and cannot be taken out by the patient. The ideal candidate for a bridge is someone who practices good oral hygiene to ensure the longevity of the prosthesis. If missing teeth are not replaced, this space can cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position and alter the bite. In addition, it can cause teeth and gums to become more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease that can cause further tooth loss. Fixed bridges not only improve bite, chewing, and speech, but they also safeguard your appearance by preventing premature wrinkles and age lines.
Caring for Bridges
When a bridge has been seated, caring for it can extend its functional use. Although it is always important to brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly, it is even more vital with a bridge due to the buildup of food and plaque. The bacteria in this sticky plaque can cause harm to adjacent teeth and gums requiring further treatment and causing the bride to fail. To help you clean the bridge we will teach you how to use floss threaders that help remove bacteria from hard to reach spaces between the bridge and adjacent teeth and gums. As your dentist in Austin, we will even provide you with some samples to take home to help you get started.