Bridges

Last Updated: Thursday, 21 January 2021

 Bridges

 

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What are Bridges?

A bridge is a fixed dental repair used to replace one or more missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth to nearby teeth or also known a dental implants.

What are the benefits?

  • Restores the natural appearance to a person's mouth.
  • Restores the persons ability to speak normally.
  • It helps maintain a normal facial structure.
  • Restores the ability to chew food correctly.
  • Prevents detached teeth from moving.

How do I clean a bridge?

How you clean will depend on where the bridge is in the mouth and its design. As well as normal brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at each end of the bridge, you need to keep the bridge clean underneath.

You might use:

  • Special floss with a stiff end which you can poke underneath a bridge and pull through;
  • 'bottle brushes' (your dentist will tell you what size and shape to buy); or
  • Water jets- sending a stream underneath the bridge.

Why is cleaning important?

Bridges collect bits of food, plaque and tartar, just like natural teeth. By keeping them clean, you help prevent gum disease and stop decay in any natural teeth. The lining of your mouth can become swollen and sore where it is in contact with dirty dentures.

You can take a denture out of your mouth so is quite easy to clean. Cleaning all around and underneath the fixed bridge is harder. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to do it.