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Tooth decay under your bridge, also known as dental cavities, is a common oral health issue characterized by the gradual breakdown of the tooth structures. It occurs when acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, combined with sugars from food and drinks, lead to the demineralization of the enamel, which is the tooth’s outer protective layer. If left untreated, tooth decay can progress to affect the deeper layers of the tooth, including the dentin and pulp, leading to pain, infection, and potential tooth loss. 

However, dental bridges offer a stable alternative to teeth lost due to injury, decay, or other dental issues. But even with the most expertly designed dental bridges, there is a hidden risk of tooth decay under the bridges. Wilmot Family Dentistry, your trusted oral health partners, can help you understand the signs of decay under your bridge and the need for preventative dental care. Comprehending the reasons behind decay is critical to maintaining optimal oral health.

Here are some reasons why decay may occur under a dental bridge:

Poor Oral Hygiene: Inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to the accumulation of plaque and bacteria around the dental bridge.

Difficulty in cleaning: The design of dental bridges, especially traditional ones, may pose challenges in cleaning between and around the bridge components.

Foods and beverages: High sugar and acidic content in certain foods and drinks can contribute to decay by providing a favorable environment for bacteria.

Natural tooth structure:  Pre-existing dental issues in the natural teeth supporting the bridge can make them more susceptible to decay.

Poorly fitted bridges: Bridges that don’t work correctly may create spaces where bacteria can accumulate, increasing the risk of decay.

Gum disease: Periodontal issues can compromise the health of the supporting structures, making them more vulnerable to decay.

Lack of regular check-ups: Infrequent dental check-ups may result in undetected issues, allowing decay to progress unnoticed.

Bruxism (teeth grinding): Grinding or clenching teeth can exert excessive force on the dental bridge and natural teeth, leading to breakdown and decay.

To prevent decay under a dental bridge, prioritize your oral hygiene, attend regular dental check-ups, and promptly address any dental concerns. If signs of decay arise, consult your dentist at Wilmot Family Dentistry for timely intervention and care.

Now, Let’s explore what are the warning signs of decay under your bridge :  

1. Sensitivity and discomfort: 

Increased tooth sensitivity or discomfort is an early indicator of deterioration beneath your dental bridge. If you have difficulty biting or consuming hot or cold foods, you should schedule an appointment with our skilled specialists at Wilmot Family Dentistry.

2. Visible changes in the bridge area:

Pay attention to any visual changes near the dental bridge site. Discoloration, black patches, or apparent decline of the bridge may indicate underlying decay of the anchor teeth.

3. Gum swelling and redness:

The dental solid structure is based on healthy gums. The gum tissue around your dental bridge may be swollen, red, or painful. This might be a sign of an underlying disease that must be treated immediately.

Warning signs of decay under your Bridge

4. Unpleasant taste or odor: 

A bad taste or odor is frequently left in the mouth by decay. Your dental bridge may be experiencing decline due to bacterial activity if you consistently have an unpleasant smell or bad taste in your mouth..

Why Choose Wilmot Family Dentistry?

Wilmot Family Dentistry promotes preventative treatment and early intervention to preserve the durability of your dental restorations. Our skilled staff uses cutting-edge technologies and personalized treatment regimens to meet each patient’s requirements.

At Wilmot Family Dentistry, we believe in empowering our patients with knowledge. We educate you on proper oral hygiene practices and guide you in maintaining the health of your dental bridge for years to come.

Conclusion:

Early detection of decay under your dental bridge can help avoid more serious dental problems. Entrust your dental health to Wilmot Family Dentistry, where our dedication to excellence keeps your smile vivid and healthy. Please schedule your appointment today, and let us work with you to achieve your best dental health.

Tara B.
Tara B.
Wonderful, patient and caring team who go out of their way to ensure as comfortable and successful a treatment experience as possible. Highly recommend!
Leon L
Leon L
Dr Lyman is a true professional. Very knowledgeable and kind. Everyone is friendly at the office. We travel allot between CA and AZ. Dr Lyman is the best. Highly recommended.
Kathy R.
Kathy R.
Melissa is my hygienist and she is very good at her job. My overall experience was great.
Debbie F.
Debbie F.
Great dentist. Great staff. Couldn't be happier. Best dentist and office I have ever been to. Kind. Caring. Compassionate. If you are one of yhe people who hate going to the dentist they will change your mind!
Jim R.
Jim R.
Excellent visit with Dr Lyman as always. He is my favorite dentist of all time. I've had a couple of urgent issues and he never let's me down. I would highly recommend making him your dentist. You will not find a more honest compassionate care provider than he and his staff. Thank you for all that you do Dr Lyman.
Cori H
Cori H
The team is efficient, professional and accomodating. My visits to Wilmot Family Dentistry are comfortable and pleasant. I learn something new at each visit, as they thoroughly explain what's found on my Xrays when I ask.
Taisha G
Taisha G
A great experience: I was greeted promptly and courteously. Checked in and helped by multiple, kind and knowledgeable people once I was taken back. Seen by Dr. Lyman, I given a very thorough and transparent examination. I have follow up appointments scheduled and am happy my online research connected me with a centrally located office such as this one.
Lawrence B.
Lawrence B.
Timely, competent, friendly service from everyone.
Krista R.
Krista R.
We love Dr. Lyman! He’s a great listener, he takes the time to answer all of our questions, and he’s fun! Very experienced and knowledgeable. His staff is so nice! We love Wilmot Family Dentistry.
Kim H.
Kim H.
Not a fan of going to the dentist. Ever. Wilmot Family Dentistry was a great experience. Alex soothed my nerves and made me laugh. Tito is a great hygienist. Dr. Lyman is amazing. He is a no pressure, only what you need type of dentist. Five stars aren’t enough to describe my experience!!
Raymond M.
Raymond M.
Had my 6 month cleaning with Michelle. She is the best! When I need full dental care, and I have had my share, Dr. Lyman takes his time and makes the entire procedure a pleasure.
Krysten K.
Krysten K.
Amazing place and amazing staff made me feel super comfortable would definitely recommend to everybody!
Teresa L H.
Teresa L H.
I 've been in this office for years, and always have a great experience. They treat me with respect and courtesy, The Dr is very good and kind.
Mina J.
Mina J.
Everyone at Wilmot family dentistry was very professional and friendly.ThanksDr. Lyman is great with his patients and takes time to explain things.
JoAnn L.
JoAnn L.
Hygienist did a great job cleaning my teeth and Dr. answered all my questions. Good experience.
sara M.
sara M.
I have been going to this office for years. Dr. Lyman is very kind and knowledgeable. I have a lot of anxiety going to the dentist and I am always walked through the process and they answer all the questions I have. I have some gum issues and he has really helped in the treatment plan.My son had an emergency dental procedure that needed to be done and they got him in the same day. Great office and staff highly recommend
Jalen N.
Jalen N.
Went to the dentist for the first time in a while and they made me feel super comfortable with zero judgment! They were also super gentle and have a super friendly environment! I’m excited to start my journey at this dentist!
Sherry H.
Sherry H.
After searching for a dentist office that fits my needs for almost a year, I am so thankful that I found Wilmot Family Dentistry! Dr. Lyman and staff are absolutely wonderful! If you are looking for a dentist who actually cares about the patient and not just the all mighty dollar, please go here! I would highly recommend them.
Karoline C
Karoline C
Timely appointment, nice staff, knowledgeable, kind and helpful hygienist. And Dr Lyman was his usual excellent self.
Logan R.
Logan R.
Great dentist. Worked to make my insurance covered what I needed done. Wonderful place.
Laura S.
Laura S.
Everyone very nice
Jake E.
Jake E.
Best Dentist I have ever been to. Highly recommend them.
Maya B.
Maya B.
Always a friendly and understanding staff. Quick in and out with follow-up appointments made on the spot. Highly recommended
Paige H.
Paige H.
Always thorough, keeps me updated through every procedure, and a kind relaxed energy
Tina S.
Tina S.
I had an emergency dental problem and they got me in right away. Everyone was very nice and professional. They were able to fix my tooth and get rid of my pain.
Robert V.
Robert V.
Dr Lyman was very friendly and professional. Dr lyman explained the procedures so well made me feel relieved. Wonderful, atmosphere the Staff is so friendly and so welcoming. Thank you again for a amazing dental experience. Recommend this office for your dental needs.
M.J. M.
M.J. M.
Great place. Great people. Great service.
Louis S.
Louis S.
Everybody was so kind and extremely helpful in my visit. They explained everything to me unlike other dentist offices and are currently helping me get back into a schedule and routine for my oral health. 10/10 recommend!
sara L.
sara L.
I needed an emergency tooth pull and was in a lot of pain. Very glad to have found Wilmot Family Dentistry. They booked me a quick appointment and were very nice and professional. Liz, the dental assistant is fabulous and personable. Dr. is great. It finished quick and no pain.
Christine W
Christine W
Dr. Lyman and his staff are incredibly kind, patient and worked with us to get my son in on a difficult schedule. Very happy with this office and highly recommend!
Carmen R.
Carmen R.
I have been going to Wilmot Family Dental for a few years now. I have never had a bad experience. Dr. Lyman and the staff having been amazing each time. They are very friendly and nice.Will definitely keep going back and I strongly recommend them.
Amber P.
Amber P.
Exceptional experience for my family. My 7 year old needed a deeper cleaning and they took excellent care of her, she's actually looking forward to going back!Thanks for taking care of our smiles!
George E.
George E.
Everything about the dentistry was excellent! I was most impressed with the hygienist, Melissa. She is the finest dental hygienist I have ever had.
Iliganoa Selena I.
Iliganoa Selena I.
Dr. Lyman and his team are the best! The pano machine was down last week but they made sure to call me right away when it was fixed and scheduled me in the next week. Front desk is approachable, friendly and super nice. The wait times aren’t really long and that’s perfect! Thought I was only getting my X-rays today but they pulled through with pulling my wisdom teeth and reassured me everything was going to be ok. Recommend this dental for a family like feel. Definitely coming back again!
Monica T.
Monica T.
Everyone is so nice and friendly, highly recommended
Chris H.
Chris H.
I had a broken tooth. Hadn't been to see them for about 2 years. But as soon as I contacted their office. They got me in quickly and took great care of me. I appreciate their customer service and they're caring attitude. It's hard to find these days. I highly recommend them.
Lisa ann S.
Lisa ann S.
1st time. Broken tooth, needed extraction. I despise going to the dentist. Dr Lyman was very thorough, made sure I was pain free prior to tooth removal. Didn't feel a thing. Best experience in over 20yrs. I will be returning and recommending to others. Thanks Doc!!
Janet B.
Janet B.
Friendly staff and dentist. Kelsey was absolutely amazing! I
Christy
Christy
Very nice staff
Anna R.
Anna R.
It was refreshing to walk into a Dentist office where the front desk was nice and smiled! The hygienists were wonderful. I could hear my 15 year old daughter laughing in the other room with Inez. Staff and Dentist are super personable. We will see you all in August. Thank you!!!!
Mystri B.
Mystri B.
Wonderful staff! Thank you for all that you guys do!!
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