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How to Take Care of Your Dental Bridge: Maintenance and Oral Hygiene Tips

A dentist is consulting with a patient regarding dental bridges

Missing teeth can be a real downer, both functionally and aesthetically. They can affect your speech, and make you self-conscious about your smile. Thankfully, dental bridges offer a fantastic solution. These ingenious little fixtures bridge the gap created by missing teeth, restoring both the appearance and function. Proper maintenance is crucial for a dental bridge to last. At Northland Village Dental Centre in NW Calgary, we prioritize the health and vibrancy of your smile. Let us help you understand the importance of maintaining dental bridges!


What's the Deal with Dental Bridges?

Think of a dental bridge as a tiny, custom-made suspension bridge. It bridges the gap left by missing teeth using artificial teeth anchored to your surrounding healthy teeth. These synthetic teeth, often made of porcelain or zirconia, are meticulously crafted to blend seamlessly with your natural smile. Dental bridges improve your smile's aesthetics and prevent other teeth from shifting and causing bite problems.


Building a Foundation for Bridge Bliss

Now, let's dive into the essential tools and techniques to keep your dental bridge strong and healthy, ensuring it continues to bridge the gap to a confident smile.


Brush, Brush, Bridge! Brush your teeth and bridge twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush to maintain good dental hygiene.


Flossing under a bridge might seem daunting, but fear not! Special tools like floss threaders or interdental brushes can become your flossing allies. These nifty gadgets help you reach those hidden nooks and crannies, removing plaque and food particles that could otherwise lead to trouble.


Be careful with your dental bridge. Avoid sticky and hard foods like candy, nuts, or popcorn. These can damage the bridge or supporting teeth. Make tooth-friendly food choices to keep your bridge happy.


Regular Dental Checkups

Scheduling regular dental visits and cleanings is vital. Ar Northland Village Dental Centre,  we'll examine your bridge for any signs of wear and tear, check for gum health around the supporting teeth, and give your entire smile a professional polish, keeping it sparkling and healthy.


Signs It's Time to See the Dentist

Even with the best care, sometimes dental bridges might need a little TLC. Here are some signs to watch out for:


·       Pain or Sensitivity: If your bridge or surrounding teeth become painful or sensitive to hot or cold beverages, it could indicate a problem.


·       Looseness: A loose bridge is a wobbly bridge, and it needs attention. This could signify an issue with the bridge itself or the supporting teeth.


·       Damage: Chips, cracks, or other damage to your bridge can compromise its integrity and functionality.


If you notice any of these signs, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with Northland Village Dental. Early detection and treatment can prevent further complications, saving you time, money, and potential discomfort. We offer comprehensive dental services, including expert dental bridge placement and meticulous maintenance. We understand the importance of a healthy, confident smile and are dedicated to helping you bridge the gap to a lifetime of dental well-being. Remember, a healthy bridge is a happy bridge.


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