A dental bridgeis permanently fixed to your smile and cannot be removed from your mouth,unlike dentures. A dental bridge very closely resembles your natural teeth andis a great way to restore your bite’s health and function.
When cared forright, your dental bridges could last up to 10 years (sometimes even longer).We have several suggestions so you can make the most out of your dentalbridges.
Practice Good Hygiene Habits
One of the mostimportant parts of maintaining your dental bridges is practicing good hygienehabits. This will keep them long-lasting and prevent any infections fromdeveloping. Here are some basic rules of thumb:
If you find youhave chronic bad breath—also called halitosis—that could be a sign that yourcurrent hygiene routine is ineffective. If you feel like you’re doingeverything right, make sure you get in touch with your dentist.
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Never Skip a Dental Appointment
Preventativedentistry is key to making sure your dental bridges last the full 10 years.Your dentist will be able to detect any early signs of decay or damage to yourbridges.
They’ll also beable to keep them fresh by performing a standard dental exam and cleaning. Thiswill involve scaling any plaque or tartar, which is really important becausewhen left alone you could develop gum disease.
Avoid Risky Foods & Behaviours
Just like realteeth, your bridges are susceptible to cracks and chips. That’s why it’simportant to avoid risky foods and behaviours.
Here are a fewthings you should avoid chewing on:
● Sticky or hard candy.
● Dried fruit.
Pain = Bad Sign
Aside from thefirst couple of days, your dental bridges should never be causing you pain. Anybit of pain should be checked out by your dentist immediately.
If you’reexperiencing pain, it could be a sign that your dental bridges have shiftedinto an uncomfortable position.
However, paincould also be a sign of something much worse. An infection may have developedbetween your bridge and gums, causing tenderness and inflammation.
Connectwith Newbury Dental to explore your dental bridge options!