How to Care for a Removable Dental Bridge

Posted on: June 16, 2019

A removable dental bridge is an oral appliance that connects to existing teeth to replace missing teeth. Also known as partial dentures, removable bridges help restore the smile and complete the bite. If you are missing teeth and are looking for a cost-effective way to replace one or more teeth, a removable dental bridge may be right for you.

The convenience of a removable device works well with the lifestyles of many patients. Removable bridges are less expensive than other options and offer a similar level of functionality. Once you get used to the way the bridge works and feels in your mouth, you will want to employ a daily care regimen for the appliance. A bridge that is well cared for will last longer and ensure a healthier mouth.

How do removable dental bridges work?

Bridges, both permanent and removable, are false teeth that are attached to and supported by existing teeth. These appliances use the existing teeth on either side of the space left by a missing tooth. The false tooth (or teeth) are connected to a metal framework that attaches to natural teeth. In some cases, the dentist will use crowns on the natural teeth on either side to hold the appliance in place.

Each removable dental bridge is designed for easy removal and replacement by the patient at home. The bridge should feel comfortable after some practice using it.

Caring for your removable dental bridge

A removable dental bridge comes with added responsibility. To make sure the appliance lasts as long as possible, stays clean and keeps the mouth healthy, it will need to be cleaned daily.

Remove it nightly

The mouth needs a break from temporary appliances. Every night, the dental bridge should be removed and kept out of the mouth during sleep. This allows the mouth muscles, gums and surrounding teeth to have a break. Appliances like these can also harbor bacteria and make it harder for the mouth to clean itself. Removing the bridge at night can let the mouth recuperate properly.

If the bridge has metal components, do not store it in liquid overnight unless advised by a dentist, as this can cause the device to rust.

Rinse it when removed

When removing a bridge, stand over a hand towel or a sink full of water. This way, if the bridge is dropped by accident, it will not break. Immediately rinse it with cool water. Never use hot water to clean a dental bridge, as it could warp the material and cause it to fit incorrectly.

Brush your dental bridge

Using a soft-bristled brush and cool water, gently brush the dental bridge. This will clear it from any food and residue from the day and fend off bacteria. Do not use toothpaste or household cleaners; these are too abrasive and can damage the appliance.

Removable bridges to complete your smile

If you are missing teeth and are looking for a removable tooth replacement option that works with your lifestyle, consider a removable dental bridge.

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