Crowns and bridges protect broken teeth and restore the to their original shape. However, placing a crown or bridge on your tooth does not mean your tooth is protected indefinitely. Teeth with crowns and bridges on them can still develop cavities or lose bone like any other tooth in your mouth. Therefore, it’s important to clean crowns and bridges as you would clean any other tooth.
If you don’t suffer from gum disease, brushing and flossing alone should be enough to clean your crowns. Bridges are a bit trickier to clean because the gap underneath the bridge pontic (the missing tooth gap) is particularly difficult to clean. You need to clean this area by passing a super-floss underneath the bridge to remove food particles. This needs to be repeated several times a week to protect your bridges against developing cavities or bone loss.
If you have an older crown that is trapping lots more food and might have to be replaced down the line. If you need further assistance, make an appointment with Dr. Jazayeri to learn more about how to clean your crowns and bridges.
Most crowns and bridges trap more food than natural teeth do. If you’re getting a little extra food trapped next to your crowns or bridges, consider using a Waterpik or some type of interproximal cleaner to better clean these teeth. However, if your crowns or bridges are trapping lots of food, then you might have to replace them. If you can’t properly clean your crowns and bridges, they will develop cavities or bone loss and create serious problems. If you’re uncertain about the condition of your crowns and bridges, or need assistance on how to clean them properly, talk to Dr. Jazayeri to come up a solution that works best for your mouth.