Maintaining An Implant Bridge

An implant bridge represents a significant advancement in restorative dentistry, offering a durable and aesthetic solution for replacing multiple missing teeth. At Westport Periodontics & Dental Implants, we emphasize the importance of proper care and maintenance to ensure the longevity and functionality of your implant bridge.

Understanding Implant Bridges

An implant bridge consists of two or more implants that serve as anchors for a series of connected crowns, filling the gap of missing teeth. Unlike traditional bridges, implant bridges are supported by implants rather than natural teeth, providing enhanced stability and reducing strain on surrounding teeth.

Daily Maintenance Essentials

Maintaining an implant bridge is similar to caring for individual implants but requires attention to the unique aspects of the bridge structure:

  • Brushing: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean the bridge, implants, and adjacent natural teeth. Special attention should be given to cleaning under the bridge where food particles can accumulate.
  • Flossing: Use a floss threader or water flosser to clean beneath the bridge and around the implant posts. Regular flossing prevents plaque buildup and protects against gum disease.
  • Mouthwash: An antimicrobial mouthwash can help eliminate bacteria and reduce the risk of infection around the implants and bridge.

Regular Dental Check-ups and Cleanings

Routine dental visits are crucial for the health of your implant bridge. These appointments allow your dental professional to assess the condition of the implants, bridge, and surrounding tissues. Professional cleanings, typically recommended every six months, help remove plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to gum disease and implant failure.

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Monitoring for Potential Issues

Be vigilant for signs of trouble, such as discomfort, loosening of the bridge, or changes in bite alignment. Early detection and treatment of these issues are key to preventing more serious problems and prolonging the life of your implant bridge.

Lifestyle and Dietary Considerations

To maintain the integrity of your implant bridge:

    • Avoid chewing hard or sticky foods that can damage the bridge.

    • Cease smoking, as it can negatively affect the healing process and longevity of the implants.

    • Maintain a balanced diet to support overall oral health and the durability of your implant bridge.

Partnering for Success

Maintaining an implant bridge requires a partnership between you and your dental care team. At Westport Periodontics & Dental Implants, we are dedicated to providing the guidance and care necessary to ensure the success of your implant bridge. Together, we can achieve a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.


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