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Your new effectively restores the full function, and appearance of a tooth that was lost due to advanced tooth decay or extraction. While the material your bridge is made from is not vulnerable to bacteria and tooth decay, it will still require regular cleaning and care as part of your oral hygiene regimen.

Periodontal disease can pose a very serious threat to the long term integrity of your bridge. Hardened tartar from residual food particles and plaque buildup is the number one cause of periodontal disease. This can have a negative impact on your bridge in a number of different ways.

Left unchecked periodontal disease can cause your gums to slowly pull back from the base of your teeth creating pockets of infection. In time the bacteria can to try to exploit the seam where your bridge is cemented onto one or both abutments. It’s also possible that periodontal disease can result in a loss bone structure in your jaw, causing the abutments that anchor your bridge to weaken or fail.

Prevention, through a diligent and effective oral hygiene regimen is the way to prevent periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will help to remove plaque and food particles before they can harden into tartar. If you are having trouble cleaning around the bridge, you might want to try using interdental brush, a floss threader with waxy floss or a dental water jet.

If you have questions about how to clean your bridge, or improve your oral hygiene regimen, please call Basking Ridge Dental Group at 908-509-4428 to schedule an appointment.