At Dental Associates of New England, we offer a comprehensive range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments to enhance the appearance of the smile. This includes tooth loss treatments such as dental bridges.
Dental bridges fill in gaps and replace up to three missing teeth. These attractive restorations are durable enough to withstand the daily wear and tear that the teeth are exposed to, and should last for many years. However, dental bridge patients must do their part to protect their restorations.
Here, we offer some dental bridge aftercare tips that will help our Boston, MA, patients prolong the lifespan of their restoration following treatment at our practice.
Many patients wonder if it is safe to brush and floss right after dental bridge treatment, and it is. Even if the teeth feel slightly sensitive after a dental bridge has been placed, it is vital that our Boston patients resume their regular oral hygiene habits immediately.
Patients should continue to brush the teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Brushing and flossing eliminate food particles from between the teeth and prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar that can lead to tooth decay and other dental complications. Even though a dental bridge is not susceptible to decay, the adjacent natural teeth are. Brushing and flossing will preserve the health of surrounding teeth and gums.
Brushing and flossing are hugely beneficial, but patients need to be sure they are using the right types of products to avoid the risk of damage. Hard-bristled toothbrushes could scratch the surface of a dental bridge over time, and could damage the natural teeth as well. We recommend brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush, using gentle circular strokes.
The type of toothpaste that a patient uses is also important. Teeth whitening toothpastes should not be used on dental bridges. Not only are they ineffective on these restorations, but they are highly abrasive and could lead to premature damage. Since heightened sensitivity is often a concern, a toothpaste formulated for sensitivity may be best.
Foods that are especially chewy, sticky, hard, or brittle can put too much force or pressure on a temporary dental bridge, causing it to break or fall out. Permanent dental bridges are more durable, but they can still be damaged. Anything that has the potential to damage the natural teeth can also damage a dental bridge. To reduce the risk of damage, we suggest our Boston patients limit foods are extra hard or chewy.
It will probably take some time for individuals to adjust to their new dental bridge, but if the bite feels off well after the normal adjustment period, patients should discuss their concerns with one of our dentists. If necessary, adjustments can be made. A proper fit will ensure that the force of the bite is distributed evenly, and will help prolong the lifespan of the dental bridge.
If you would like more information about dental bridge treatment, or how to best care for dental restorations, call (857) 350-3400 or send us a message at your earliest convenience. The experienced team of dentists at Dental Associates of New England would be happy to answer any questions you may have.