If you have had one or more missing teeth replaced with a dental bridge restoration (also sometimes called a fixed partial denture), then be sure to keep up the good work by properly caring for it. Just following these helpful tips will have you well on your way to a strong and healthy bridge for years to come.
Some reminders on maintaining your dental bridge:
- Maintain healthy neighboring teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. Plaque can accumulate under, around, and between your bridge and natural teeth. Any disease near your bridge threatens the whole works.
- Bridges simply take a little more effort to keep clean than natural teeth. And you need practice to master these skills. We’ll show you how to use a floss threader if you need one to reach under your bridge—and help keep gums healthy.
- Be vigilant about the fit of your bridge. Grinding teeth or biting fingernails can damage its stability. Bridges can break, too, if your diet is long on hard, unforgiving foods.
- Generally, give the same attention to your dental bridge you do your natural teeth. Protect your investment, your health, and keep your fixed bridge fixed!