Why is caring for your crowns and bridges important?
Sooner or later, we all end up needing crowns or bridges as we age and damage our teeth. However, placing a crown or bridge on top of your tooth does not mean that your tooth is protected indefinitely. Teeth with crowns and bridges can still develop cavities and bone loss like any other tooth in your mouth. Therefore, caring for and cleaning your crowns and bridges is very important to the long term longevity of these dental prosthesis.
How do I clean crowns and bridges?
Often times, brushing and flossing alone is enough to clean your crowns. However, cleaning bridges can be a bit more tricky, because of the gap underneath bridges where your missing tooth used to be. To properly clean your bridge, you need to pass a device known as super-floss underneath the bridge. Ideally, you should clean your bridge using a super-floss several times a week. Otherwise, food and plaque accumulate under your bridge and damage your supporting teeth.
Is it normal to trap food next to my crowns and bridges?
Typically, crowns and bridges trap just a bit more food particles as compared to natural teeth. If you’re getting just a tiny bit more food trapped, consider using a Waterpik or interproximal cleaner. These special cleaning devices are designed for cleaning crowns and bridges. They can be very effective in removing food particles trapped next to your crowns and bridges when combined with brushing and flossing.
On the other hand, if your crowns or bridges are trapping lots of food then you should consult with your dentist immediately. Trapping lots of food next to your crowns and bridges could mean that you have a cavity or infection on your teeth. Without properly caring for your crowns and bridges, they could develop cavities or bone loss. This creates serious problems and leads to root canal infection or even tooth loss.
What should I do if I’m worried about my crowns and bridges?
If you’re uncertain about the condition of your existing crowns and bridges, you need to have them looked at. Otherwise, you could develop infection or abcess and require root canal treatment or even lose the tooth!
To have us access your crowns and bridges, call (949) 481-2540 or book your appointment online today. During your visit, we will examine your crowns and bridges to make sure they are in good condition. We will also gladly review your hygiene routine to make sure you’re keeping your restorations clean and healthy. If necessary, we will be happy to discuss replacement options as well.