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A dental bridge is sometimes used by the dental restoration specialists at Nils F. Sandstrom, DDS to replace a missing tooth. This can help restore the full function of your mouth, and prevent future orthodontic complications.

It is single piece of dental work that corresponds to the missing tooth that is securely bonded with a crown on each end. This allows it to be cemented onto abutments formed by the healthy cores of the teeth neighboring the void.

Your dental bridge will be created from very durable dental materials. Once Dr. Nils Sandstrom installs it, the dental bridge might require extra focus in your daily oral hygiene routine. If you’re having trouble cleaning around your dental work or flossing the gumline in the area, you might want to try using some special oral hygiene tools.

The tapered brush head of an interdental brush can help if you’re having trouble cleaning food particles and plaque from the contours of the bridge or the base of the gumline. This is a miniature toothbrush with a small tapered head.

An oral irrigator device generates a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing.

A floss threader might also be helpful if you are having trouble flossing around the dental work. It can help insert the strand of dental floss without risk of forcing it or snapping it into your gums. If you are in the Palos Heights, Illinois, area and you are missing a tooth, you should call 708-388-2500 to see if you are a good candidate for having a dental bridge installed at Nils F. Sandstrom, DDS.