Many patients falsely assume that if they have a bridge of replacement teeth (dental bridge), they are immune to common dental problems, such as decay. While you may not have an exposed natural tooth, the gums and underlying teeth supporting your dental bridge are still susceptible to damage. Most dental bridges are supported by a crown on either side. If decay gets underneath the crown and/or extends to the bridge base, your replacement teeth are in danger.
Dental decay develops when bacteria in our mouths combine with sugars we eat to form harmful acids that can attack our teeth. While you may think your natural teeth are protected from damage, the harmful bacteria can accumulate at the margin of the crown, or the area of gum where the crown and the tooth meet. If damage is done to the underlying tooth, the crown can become loose and the dental bridge will also lose stability.
Having replacement teeth or a dental restoration does not exempt you from routine dental care. In fact, it is imperative to protect your investment by diligent brushing and flossing habits. A routine professional dental cleaning is also important to ensure your dental bridge is healthy, comfortable and lasts as long as possible.
At the office of Dr. Wayne Suway, we take extra measures to educate patients on the importance of caring for their dental crowns, dental bridges and dental implants. If you have questions about how your dental bridge feels, looks or functions, please give us call.