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A void left behind by a missing tooth can cause several complications beyond the obvious impairment to your ability to chew food. To prevent orthodontic complications and restore the full function of your mouth, Dr. Eli J. Lawrence can install a dental bridge into the void.

This is a single piece of dental work that corresponds to the missing tooth. It 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.

The materials used for your dental bridge will not be vulnerable to bacterial tooth decay. Yet it will still require some extra focus in your daily oral hygiene routine. If you’re having trouble cleaning around your dental work or flossing the gum line in the area, you might want to try using some special oral hygiene tools.

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

A dental water jet generates a focused stream of water to 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.

If you’re having trouble flossing around your dental bridge you might want to try using a floss threader. 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 Chicago, Illinois, area and you are missing a tooth, you should call 312-236-9895 to see if you are a good candidate for having a dental bridge installed at the dental practice of Eli Lawrence, DDS.