In dentistry, crowns are usually used to cover or “cap” broken or weak teeth; whereas bridges are used to connect 2 or more teeth as a means of replacing one or more missing teeth in order to provide more chewing surface. Therefore what remains underneath a crown or a bridge, is still the natural teeth which need to be taken care. The best way to maintain healthy crowns and bridges, is to commit to excellent every day oral care at home as well as regular visits to your dentist and hygienist. At home, brushing twice daily with fluoridated tooth paste, focusing on the crown and bridge margins (where the cap meets the tooth surface) as well as using dental floss to clean in between the individual teeth is key. An important point is that floss threaders need to be used to aid in flossing underneath a bridge as the teeth are connected as one unit. In addition to home care, annual x-rays and regular dental visits can ensure that your teeth, including your crowns and bridges, are in good shape, and if any issues arise, they are caught early!”
Contact New Westminsters leading dental expert Dr. Doug Lovely today for all your crown and bridge concerns.