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How a Bridge Can Help Those with Gum Disease

Posted on 9/25/2019 by Robert Henshaw, DMD
How a Bridge Can Help Those with Gum DiseaseThere are plenty of problems associated with gum disease. That is why our dental professionals want to catch gum disease as early as possible. It is easier to treat and easier to restore the health of the teeth and gums when caught early.

Unfortunately, not all the cases of gum disease are caught in the early stages. That means a person may have to take extra steps to help with their oral health when they are dealing with gum disease. Bridges are one of the tools that can help people struggling with gum disease.

Problems of Gum Disease

Gum disease can cause many different health issues. It can affect the whole body. The teeth face many problems due to gum disease. Cavities, diseased teeth, loose teeth and lost teeth are some of the problems people who have gum disease face. Finding solutions to some of these issues can help with the fight against gum disease.

Turning to Dental Bridges to Help

Gum disease is the result of bacterial buildup on the teeth and gums. If the bacteria are not removed, they will form plaque and tartar. It is the buildup of plaque and tartar that leads to gum disease. People who struggle with their teeth will end up with gaps and pockets between their teeth and gums. This is a place where bacteria can grow. It is also a difficult place to clean the bacteria out of. It is that combination that leads to gum disease and it is there that a bridge can help.

Bridges can replace missing teeth in the mouth. Because almost everyone over the age of 35 has lost at least one tooth, the use of bridges can help a lot of people. When a tooth is missing, the teeth that surround the missing one can drift and can create the gaps and spaces bacteria love. If a bridge is in place, the real teeth do not move, and the gaps do not form. The bridge also helps reduce the biting force of the other teeth around it. That force can cause damage that leads to gum disease.

Bridges can play a role in helping to treat or prevent gum disease. They only play one part. That does not mean a person with a bridge can ignore the need for a good daily oral hygiene routine. It is the combination of all these things that helps a person deal with the issues surrounding gum disease.
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