I have always been one of those people who loves to get out into the world and talk with other people, but a few years ago, I realized that I had to do something about my smile. My teeth were yellow and unattractive, and it was really discouraging to see how much different my smile was. I knew that I needed to get my teeth fixed, so I started working with a professional dentist to make things right. Within a few short months, my smile was completely transformed, and I knew that I owed it all to my dental professional. Check out this blog for more information about working with a dentist.
Have you recently had a dental bridge installed to fix a missing tooth? If so, you may have some more questions about your dental bridge now that it is installed. Here are 3 potential questions you may have.
1. Does A Dental Bridge Require Special Care?
The good news about a dental bridge is that it does not need much additional dental care beyond what you should already be doing. The tooth may be fake, but it still requires that you brush the bridge with the rest of your teeth two times each day.
Flossing around the dental bridge is also required, but will require some special tools. Since you cannot use traditional floss to get between the teeth from the top, you'll need to use a floss threader or a proxy brush. A water flosser is another option, which shoots water between your teeth. These tools allow you to clean between the artificial tooth and your natural tooth, keeping the area free of bacteria.
2. Will A Dental Bridge Last Forever?
While a dental bridge is a permanent solution to a missing tooth, meaning that it cannot be removed once it is placed in your mouth, know that the bridge does not last forever. Expect to get anywhere between 5 and 15 years out of a dental bridge before it needs to be replaced, with it lasting longer if you take better care of your oral hygiene.
A common problem with a dental bridge is that you can have an issue with the natural tooth that supports the fake tooth. This includes a deep cavity that will require the tooth to have a root canal. The supporting teeth may need to be removed due to having poor oral hygiene, which no longer gives the artificial tooth the support it needs. The dental bridge itself can also crack, requiring a new bridge to be installed.
3. Can I Chew Anything With A Dental Bridge?
Since the dental bridge uses crowns to how the bridge in place, you'll need to avoid the same foods that are not good for crowns. This includes sticky foods like caramel and chewing gum. Other foods can be too hard for a dental crown, such as accidentally chewing on a popcorn kernel, ice cubes, and raw vegetables like carrots. You also need to use common sense and not chew on hard objects, like pen caps.
Your dentist can answer any other questions you may have about dental bridges.