When you break or lose a tooth, you may be a candidate for a bridge. This form of restorative dentistry comes in the form of an artificial tooth structure that is held in place by a pair of crowns installed on the two adjacent teeth. It is an effective solution for many dental problems, but it can pose its own set of challenges in terms of your daily dental care. So, how can you best take care of your bridge after it is installed?
It becomes particularly important to avoid tooth decay around your bridgework. Since the bridge is supported by the natural tooth structure of your adjacent teeth, any weakness in this structure can lead to a breakdown in the entire bridge. For the most part, you’ll be able to take care of your teeth as normal. However, it will be impossible to floss inside your bridge with conventional floss; you will therefore need a product known as a floss threader to avoid any decay in your hard-to-reach areas.
When you get a bridge installed by our Bellingham dentist, it should last you as much as fifteen years or more. This is only going to be true, though, if it is properly maintained. Talk to your dentist to learn more.