Table of Content:
- Why is caring for your crowns and bridges important?
- How should I clean my crowns and bridges?
- What if my crowns and bridges trap food?
- Learn more about crown and bridge care
Crowns and bridges are used to restore broken and missing teeth. Sooner or later, most of us end up needing a few crowns or bridges as our teeth get damaged over time. However, placing a crown or bridge on your teeth does not mean that your tooth is protected indefinitely. Teeth with crowns or bridges can still develop recurrent cavities, bone loss, or infection, just like any other tooth in your mouth. This is why caring for your crowns and bridges becomes so important to the long-term longevity of these dental prosthesis.
Cleanings crowns is easier than cleaning bridges. Often times, brushing and flossing alone is sufficient to clean your crowns. Cleaning dental bridges can be a bit more tricky, mainly because of the gap underneath the bridge where your missing tooth used to be. To properly clean your bridge you need to use a device known as super-floss. Clean your bridge using a super-floss at least several times a week. Otherwise, food and plaque can accumulate underneath your bridge and damage the supporting teeth. If you’re not sure how to use a super-floss, talk to your dentist to have them help you out.
It’s not unusual for crowns and bridges to trap a little bit more food as compared to natural teeth. If you’re getting just a tiny bit of food trapped, then consider using a Waterpik or interproximal cleaner to better clean these teeth. These special cleaning devices are designed to assist you in cleaning crowns and bridges. They are very effective at removing food particles trapped next to your crowns and bridges, especially when combined with proper brushing and flossing.
On the other hand, if your crowns or bridges are trapping lots of food on a consistent basis, then you should consult with your dentist right away. Sometimes older crowns and bridges don’t fit as well due to fractures or bone loss. Trapping lots of food particles leads to cavities, bone loss, and possibly infection. You may have to replace crowns and bridges that are trapping lots of food particles. Consult with your dentist to see if there’s another solution or if it’s time to replace your crowns and bridges.
Give us a call if you have questions about your crowns and bridges and would like to have them examined. Call us at (949)481-2540 or book your appointment online today. During your consultation, we will examine your crowns and bridges to make sure that they are in good condition. We’ll also review your oral hygiene routine to make sure that you’re keeping your restorations clean and healthy. To learn more about how to care for other dental prosthesis, click on the following links: