The new bridge fitted by Dr. Spear effectively restores the full function, structure and appearance of a missing tooth. Even though your new bridge is not subject to tooth decay, it will still need to be cleaned and maintained in your daily oral hygiene routine.
Hardened tartar from residual food particles and plaque buildup will greatly increase your chances of developing gum disease. This can pose a serious threat to your bridge in several different ways.
Advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth creating pockets of infection. This can allow bacteria to try to exploit the seam where your bridge is cemented onto one or both abutments. Left unchecked advanced gum disease can result in a loss bone structure at the base of the abutments, which could cause them to fail.
Prevention is the best weapon against gum disease and the threat it poses to your bridge. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will help to remove plaque and food particles before they can harden into tartar. If you are having trouble cleaning around the bridge, you might want to try using interdental brush, a floss threader with waxy floss or a dental water jet.
If you have questions about how to clean your bridge, feel free to call Dr. Spear at 817.920.1488 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you find the best way to maintain your bridge.