Caring for Your Dental Bridge

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

A dental bridge can help individuals who have lost teeth regain the ability to chew, speak and eat. That said, the proper maintenance of such structures requires significant and frequent care. Dr. Peter Zwier, a dentist serving the residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan invites current and prospective patients to read the following short blog highlighting several dental bridge maintenance tips.

Dental Bridge Overview

Dental bridges are false teeth known as pontics. These structures can be made from a variety of materials like porcelain or gold. Bridges are made to fill the gaps left by lost or damaged original teeth. The process typically requires several visits, which will enable the oral care professional in question to create the model, design, mold and finally install and affix the necessary bridge.

A dental bridge is a lot like a bridge spanning a river. It has crowns on the teeth called abutments, which are attached to either side of the gap in the teeth. They are then joined to the pontics which fills the missing space.

Maintenance Tips

If properly cared for, a dental bridge could remain healthy and intact for as long as 10 to 15 years. That said, issues impacting natural teeth like decay could precipitate rapid deterioration of said structures. Ergo, adhering to specific maintenance tips should increase the recipient’s chances of avoiding any such issues. Specific suggestions include:

Brushing Regularly

Oral care professionals recommend bridge recipients brush at least twice per day. However, more self-cleanings may be required after eating large meals or consuming foods or beverages that are potentially detrimental to dental health such as those containing excessive concentrations of sugar.


Dental bridges should be flossed as often as one would their natural teeth, at least once per day. This action loosens food particles that might have become stuck in between false teeth and natural teeth. If not removed, lingering particles can precipitate the development of damage and an increase of bacteria, which could lead to infections and gum disease.

Consume A Healthier Diet

Bridge recipients, as well as all of our dental patients, are encouraged to consume a diet rich in nutritious items like produce and fiber. These products contain oral health-boosting nutrients. Patients with bridges can eat and drink as normal.

Visit Oral Care Provider Frequently

Even under optimal circumstances, individuals are encouraged to visit their dentist at least twice per year for checkups and routine cleanings. That said, those who have received bridge implants are advised to consider consulting with an oral care professional anywhere from three to four appointments a year.

Self-care methods such as brushing and flossing simply do not equal those offered by a dental professional such as a hygienist. Said individuals use advanced cleaning instruments and products designed to achieve an optimal cleansing. As decay might impact bridges at a quicker rate, professional care is vital to the prevention of such potential problems.

Contacting Dr. Zwier

Grand Rapids residents with missing teeth are encouraged to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zwier. He can perform a comprehensive oral examination and determine if a patient is a good candidate for dental bridges.