Does a dental bridge require special care?
Your new dental bridge placed at our Boise, ID dental office restores chewing function and appearance when you have missing teeth. With proper care, your bridge will keep your teeth healthy and functional for as long as 10 to 15 years.
Proper cleaning for dental bridges
But proper care is a little different for a bridge than it is your natural teeth. Because the individual parts of the bridge are fused together as a unit, you can’t floss between them as you do your natural teeth. You must thread the floss underneath your bridge to clean it daily, and this requires the use of floss threaders. If you’re not sure how to use floss threaders, let us know, and one of our dental hygienists will be happy to show you the proper technique.
This process requires some patience, but it’s essential to keep the teeth and gums that support your bridge (anchor teeth) healthy and free of disease. If one of the anchor teeth gets a cavity, we would need to replace the entire bridge. This isn’t optimal for your oral health or your budget, so taking a few extra minutes each day to clean around your bridge is well worth your time!
Schedule a dental bridge consultation
If you would like to replace a missing tooth with a dental bridge, contact our Boise, ID dental office to arrange an appointment with Dr. Cantwell. We offer an assortment of tooth replacement options, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures, and we will be happy to explain the pros and cons of each.