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A dental bridge is often used by Drs. Huthwaite and Huthwaite to replace a tooth that was knocked out, or needed to be extracted to prevent further complications. This single piece of dental work consists of two dental crowns with a replicate artificial tooth bonded between them.

The dental bridge is then cemented onto abutments created from the cores of the two neighboring teeth. This will fully restore the tooth’s presence and your basic oral function.

If you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene practices, bacterial calculus could start to harden on the base of your dental bridge near the gumline. If it is not addressed in a reasonable amount of time your chances of suffering gum disease can gradually increase. In time, it could start to affect the integrity of the anchoring abutments holding your dental bridge in your mouth.

Chronic gum disease can cause your gums to pull back from the base of your teeth forming pockets of infection. This can eventually weaken the roots of the abutments and eventually cause them to loosen from the underlying bone.

Brushing your teeth and dental bridge twice and flossing once each day in your daily oral hygiene routine can help to remove plaque and food particles before they can harden into tartar. If you are having trouble cleaning an area around your dental bridge, you might want to try using some special oral hygiene tools.

You might want to also try using a small interdental brush to help clean some of the small contours of your dental bridge. A water flosser device can also help clean these areas.

If you’re having trouble flossing around your dental bridge or the neighboring teeth, you might want to try using waxed dental floss loaded into a floss threader. This can help insert the strand into place allowing you to clean away lingering bacterial matter.

If you are in the Gainesville, Georgia, area and you are having problems cleaning your dental bridge, you should call 770-536-8868 to seek further advice from a staff specialist at Huthwaite & Huthwaite, D.M.D., PC.