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Dr. Pitner and Dr. Findlay will often use a dental bridge to restore a missing tooth. This is a solid piece of dental work that represents the lost tooth as well as the tooth enamel layer of the two teeth neighboring the void. Even though it is crafted from special materials that will not be vulnerable to cavities, the dental bridge will still need daily attention in your oral hygiene routine.
If plaque and lingering food particles are not cleared away, they can gradually calculus near the gumline. As this happens, it will place you at increased risk of suffering from gum disease. This could eventually threaten the long-term integrity of the teeth anchoring your bridgework in your mouth.

If you are having trouble thoroughly cleaning around your dental bridge by brushing and flossing, there are some unique oral hygiene tools our dentists might recommend.

Interdental brushes have slender heads that can help free food particles from hard to reach surfaces in and around the bridge. A floss threader that uses waxed dental floss can help angle the strand between teeth and the bridge. A water flosser can also be useful for cleaning hard to reach spaces. Remember it cannot replace the efficiency of dental floss, and should be viewed as more of an augment measure for brushing.

You will also need to regularly attend your dental Dr. Rebecca Pitner’s dental clinic twice each year. This will serve to remove any lingering calculus while monitoring the health of your gums and the integrity of your dental bridge.

If you have questions about how to adequately clean and maintain your new bridgework, you can always call 205-426-2644 to speak with a member of the staff at our dental office.