When dental implants first arrived on the dental scene, they could only be used to replace a single tooth at a time. Dental technology has evolved since that time and now allows Dr. Teresa Eplett the ability to replace multiple lost teeth at a time by anchoring a dental bridge in the place of the missing teeth.
After a dental bridge is installed, it’s important that the patient takes proper care of it by keeping it clean of plaque and food particles. This can be accomplished through regular brushing and flossing. The bridge and its titanium abutments will not suffer tooth decay, however, the buildup of plaque turn into tartar, which can cause gum disease. Gum disease is a threat to your bridge because in its advanced stage, known as periodontitis, it can cause the abutments holding the bridge in place to loosen.
Some patients find cleaning plaque and food particles off of their bridge to be a bit tricky. In these instances, they may be recommended by Dr. Teresa Eplett to use dental water jets, wax floss threaders, or an interdental brush.
Those with dental bridges are advised to keep up with their regular dental checkups. During their visit, Dr. Teresa Eplett will take a look at the bridge to make sure it’s properly maintained, cleans off any tartar development, and also checks on the health of the patient’s gums.
If you are looking into dental bridges or implants in Medford, Oregon, please call 541-772-8280 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Teresa Eplett here at ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc.. We look forward to restoring your smile!