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Foods to Avoid when you Have a Dental Bridge

Posted on 9/15/2015 by Tom Bierman
A diagram of how a dental bridge works.If you have a dental bridge or dental crown to support the weakened or damaged enamel of one or more teeth, you are lucky to be able to have saved your natural roots!

You will be able to avoid other more serious issues from occurring down the road, such as gum recession and bone loss! Because the dental bridge or crown is very important, you should understand how to care for it in order to ensure that it lasts for many years to come. Luckily, you will not be restricted to a certain diet or have to perform any special techniques in order to clean the teeth - you can treat them just like your natural teeth. There are, however, a few simple things to watch out for to ensure the longevity of your dental restoration.

Hot and Cold Foods

The good news is that no - you do not have to give up hot and cold foods. The bad news is that you might find that you have a bit of sensitivity to these foods after getting a dental bridge. If your gums recessed or you have any space or crack in the bridge or crown, you could find that it is difficult to consume hot and cold foods. Of course, if the pain is out of control, you will likely need to be seen to see what the issue may be, but if you go slow and determine what you can tolerate, you will just reach a new normal for your mouth and what you can consume.

Sugary Foods

Dental bridges and crowns cannot get decayed, but the teeth underneath them can. Typically, there is a little enamel left that the bridge or crown is adhered to, which if sugar and bacteria get down to the area, can become decayed. If this happens, your crown or bridge can become loose and even fall out. This does not mean that you cannot ever enjoy sugary sweets, but you need to make sure that you are vigilant about cleaning your teeth afterwards by drinking a glass of water and then following it up by brushing and flossing your teeth approximately 30 minutes after enjoying the treat.

Sticky Foods
It is never a good idea to consume sticky foods, but it is an even worse idea when you have dental bridges or crowns. Sticky foods can get stuck in the dental restoration and pull it right out. Foods like caramel, fruit snacks, gum, and sticky candies should not be consumed when you have dental restorations. Even without restorations, the rest of your teeth could be at risk for tooth decay if you consume them because of the likelihood that they will remain in the enamel of your teeth for many hours to come. Even brushing and flossing your teeth right afterwards might not remove all of the sugar and bacteria that has already accumulated.

The basic idea is to use common sense when eating with dental restorations. They are not as secure as your natural teeth and run the risk of either falling out or being damaged. Yes, you can consume most of your favorite foods and not have to worry about the inability to chew certain times, but avoiding the foods that could damage your bridge or crown will help you to keep them for many years to come. If your dental restoration does fall out, please call us right away so that we can cement it back in and/or suggest a different treatment depending on the reason for the restoration becoming loose.
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