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A dental bridge in Chatham, New Jersey, is a dental restoration that replaces a lost tooth with an artificial one that is fused to crowns mounted on each end. It is installed over the two nearest teeth and made from artificial materials that are not vulnerable to the effects of tooth decay. However, complications from long-term gum disease can still pose a threat to a bridge.

The advanced form of gum disease, known as periodontitis, can cause your gums to slowly pull back from the base of your teeth. This promotes infection and inflammation in the gum tissues at base of your teeth where the end of your bridge is cemented to the abutments. The bacterial presence can start to weaken the cement holding your bridge in place.

If left unchecked, periodontitis can cause the loss of bone structure, resulting in the loss of one or both of the bridge’s anchoring abutments.

Brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing at least once each evening can clean away plaque and residual food particles before they harden into tartar. Decreasing the bacterial presence at the gumline will greatly reduce your chances of developing gum disease.

If you have questions or concerns about how to properly clean and maintain your bridge, you can always call Jacqueline S. Reid DDS at 973.635.9456 to seek further advice from your dentist, Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid.