A dental bridge in Battle Creek, Michigan, is a single piece of dental work that is custom-crafted in a dental lab to replicate a missing tooth. It is fused to a pair of crowns on each end. Once your dentist, Dr. L. C. Chilimigras, cements it into place, it will restore the presence, function, and appearance of the missing tooth for many years to come. It’s important to note that you can maintain and extend the longevity of your bridge by providing it with daily oral hygiene care.
The advanced form of gum disease, known as periodontitis, can cause your gums to slowly pull back from the base of your teeth. This promotes infection and inflammation in the gum tissues at base of your teeth where the ends of your bridge is cemented to the abutments. The bacterial presence can start to weaken the cement holding your bridge in place.
If left unchecked, periodontitis can cause the loss bone structure, resulting in the loss of one or both of the bridge’s anchoring abutments.
Brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing at least once each evening can clean away plaque and residual food particles before they harden into tartar. Decreasing the bacterial presence at the gumline will greatly reduce your chances of developing gum disease.
If you have questions or concerns about how to properly clean and maintain your dental bridge, you can always call 269-964-7660 to speak to a member of our Lakeview Dental Care team.