The first thing to do when you notice a bridge gap is exposed is not to ignore it.
Whilst a common approach when seeing an issue is to “ignore it so it disappears”, it is not the best thing to do when seeing a gap.
The quicker you notice something is wrong means the treatment can begin quicker.
Why does my bridge have a gap?
There are common reasons as to why someone may notice a gap.
Someone that may have had a new bridge and this can cause gums to swell, this is done to make the space tight.
The swelling goes down on its own within 2-8 weeks, and the gums reduce back to their normal size which leaves a gap.
Those who have a gap in their bridge have mentioned having difficulty speaking, and it may be harder for them to pronounce words that begin with “S” or “H”.
A small gap may be considered normal for this treatment, and the best treatment method would be to encourage the gap to properly heal before looking for treatment.
If I don’t treat it, what happens?
Bridge gaps that are not treated do not only stay the same as they were before.
They can get worse.
By ignoring a bridge gap, it can cause many negative effects on your oral health.
- Higher chances of tooth decay
- Experiencing gum disease
- Affects the health of your other teeth
- Decreases your self-confidence
- Gives you headaches more often
- Complicates your eating
Some cases involving gaps may be complex, but that does not mean someone can treat you.
Some dentists can provide treatment for a gap in your bridge that may not have healed. Gentle Dental can help treat any gap in a patient’s bridge if it has not naturally healed on its own for a significant amount of time.
They can make it better!