- Dental bridge problems we fix on a regular basis
- Other issues with bridges
- Cleaning tools and specialist cleaning instructions
- Symptoms of an ill-fitting bridge
- Ways to treat receding gums
A dental bridge is the ultimate solution if you have a missing tooth and are concerned about how best to replace it. This procedure replaces your missing tooth using a false tooth, or bridge, to fill the gap created by your missing tooth. This bridge is fixed to the crowns of the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth on both sides.
You need a qualified dentist with experience handling dental bridges to attend to you. The utmost care is required to prevent the occurrence of problems when fixing and maintaining your bridge. Working with the experts will get you the smile of your dreams with zero complications. Dental bridge problems should not deter you from getting the smile you’ve always wanted.
It is important to understand all details relating to getting a bridge if you are planning to have this procedure done. Below is everything you need to know about the problems we fix regularly.
Dental Bridge Problems
A dental bridge, like many other treatments, is prone to some complications if not handled correctly. They include:
Hygiene Issues/Tooth Decay
A bridge is hard to floss, as it’s firmly fixed to the sides of the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. This increases the probability of plaque formation leading to tooth decay. Consult a qualified dentist for special cleaning instructions to help maintain the bridge and the adjacent teeth.
Your bridge may come off or causes gum irritation if it doesn’t perfectly fit into the gap of your missing tooth. An experienced dentist custom makes a bridge that will fill the gap perfectly.
You may experience sensitivity in your teeth and gum on both sides of the bridge a few weeks after it has been placed. Your mouth also experiences sensitivity as it gets used to the foreign object. Consult a qualified dentist to check for complications of an ill-fitting bridge if the sensitivity lasts longer than two weeks.
A bridge that does not match the color of your teeth affects your overall appearance. Your bridge will also look unnatural if the crowns do not align with your gum line.
Your bridge is made of ceramic and porcelain that are easily damaged by hard and sticky foods. An experienced dentist will advise you on what you can eat and what you should avoid after the bridge is in place. Replacing your bridge is your only option if it becomes severely damaged, as the damaged area may expose your gums to infection.
Other bridge problems include cracked teeth, nerve problems, and periodontal diseases.
Dental Bridge Cleaning Tools and Specialist Cleaning Instructions
Adopting the right oral care increases the longevity of your bridge and prevents tooth decay, cavities, and plaque formation. Dentists recommend specific cleaning instructions and tools for proper oral hygiene.
There are a variety of specialized cleaning tools that should be used to keep your bridge and adjacent teeth. These tools include:
- Special floss – super floss
- Waterpik or other water flosser
- Denture cleaner
- Denture brush/a toothbrush with soft bristles
- Antiseptic mouthwash such as Listerine
This is not an exhaustive list of the available tools for cleaning your bridge and adjacent teeth, and you don’t need to use each and every one of these. Ask your dentist and try a few options to figure out what will work best for you.
Specialist Cleaning Instructions
1. Brush Your Teeth
Use your denture brush in circular motions toward the gum to remove plaque that has formed on your teeth. Use a denture cleaner and not a toothpaste that merely grazes the bridge’s surface. Remain gentle while brushing to avoid dislodging the bridge.
2. Rinse Your Mouth
Use clean and cool water to rinse off the cleaner. Using hot water distorts your bridge.
3. Floss under Your Bridge
Use a super floss and floss threader to dislodge tartar and food particles stuck between the surface of your teeth after brushing. Be gentle when flossing immediately after the bridge has been secured, as the bridge could become dislodged during the healing phase.
4. Water Flosser
Use your water flosser to spray water around your teeth. This helps remove the food debris that is difficult to reach during flossing and brushing.
5. Use Your Mouthwash
Antiseptic mouthwash kills bacteria, helping prevent cases of oral diseases. Pour the amount of mouthwash directed on the packaging into your mouth and swish for around 30 seconds, then spit.
If you encounter any complications using the directed bridge cleaning tools and instructions, seek expert help from qualified dentists.
Symptoms of an Ill-Fitting Bridge
Always make sure your bridge fits well while with the dentist. An ill-fitting bridge leaves openings that retain food particles under your teeth, creating bacteria that causes gum diseases and bad breath. Watch for the following symptoms to avoid complications from ill-fitting bridges.
- Gum irritation
- Receding gums around your bridge
- Prolonged discomfort
Visit a well-qualified dentist as soon as you notice an issue with how your bridge fits or if you experience persisting discomfort. Professional care helps detect and address any bridge-related problems right away.
Ways to Treat Dental Bridge Receding Gums
Receding gums expose your teeth to decay as the roots of your teeth are exposed to bacteria. Nerve endings in the roots are also left bare increasing sensitivity and pain in your affected teeth. It is therefore necessary to understand ways of taking care of your receding gums. Below are some of the methods that are commonly used:
- Thorough Cleaning. Receding gums can be caused by stains and food particles between your teeth. Deep cleaning stops the recession from progressing by keeping those spaces between your teeth free of debris.
- Gum Grafting. This is a surgical procedure where tissue, generally from the roof of your mouth, is removed and placed at the affected area.
- Bone Regeneration. This procedure aims to create a healthy foundation for your gums using biological processes to form your new bone. Bone regeneration is considered if the recession is severe and has damaged the bone structure under the gums.
The best approach to treating receding gums is by first knowing its cause. A qualified dentist advises on the best treatment option for your receding gums depending on their causes. Trust the experts for healthy gums!
Get Your Dental Bridge Problems Fixed Today!
Dental bridges are the best option for replacing your missing teeth. Remember to seek professional care to avoid dental bridge problems and maintain your stellar smile for years to come.
We fix all bridge-related problems at The Dental Team, from ill-fitting and damaged bridges to issues caused by hygiene. Our team of dentists is dedicated to helping you remain healthy and happy with your new smile. Contact us today to book an appointment.