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The new dental bridge crafted and installed into your mouth is made from special dental-grade materials that will prove to be invulnerable to the bacterial effects of tooth decay. At the same time, it’s important to understand that complications from chronic gum disease can threaten the root abutments that anchor your bridge in your mouth.

Severe periodontitis can cause your gums to gradually pull back from the base of your teeth. This promotes infection and inflammation in the pockets of the gum tissues around the roots of the teeth that anchor the bridge.

This can allow bacteria to slowly infiltrate the seam between the bridge and the abutments. As time goes on, this can cause tooth decay in the underlying dentin or weaken the bond of the dental adhesive that holds the bridge in place.

If it’s not treated and counteracted in some way, periodontitis can cause a loss of bone structure near the base of the abutments, resulting in the loss of one or both anchor points.

Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing each evening will help you remove plaque and food material from your teeth before they can harden into tartar. If you are having trouble cleaning around the bridge, you might want to try using an interdental brush, a floss threader with waxy floss or a dental water jet.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new bridge, you can always call 435-623-1916 to seek advice from Dr. Scott and Doug Petersen or a staff member at Nephi Dental Clinic.