Maintaining Dental Bridges in Top Condition

Dental bridges are designed to last for ten years and more but this lifespan can often be severely shortened by lack of proper maintenance. Once properly fitted and bedded in, a dental bridge looks and feels like natural teeth. The bridge can be looked after in the same way with a few additional measures to ensure the best possible condition is maintained.

– Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste

– Have teeth regularly cleaned by a dentist

– The bridge should be regularly assessed

These basic measures also aid in the “prevention of gingivitis and periodontitis” and more information can be found at

Reasons a Root Canal May Fail

smile, oralhealth, dentist, teeth,Root canal work is a common procedure performed on adult teeth. New technologies and anaesthetics help to ensure that a root canal procedure is as comfortable as possible. The treatment is usually very effective but on a rare occasion, it may fail.

Reasons for failure:

– An error by the dentist

– Erosion of the tooth or sealant over time

– An additional canal in the tooth not spotted by the dentist

– An obstruction that caused incomplete cleaning of the canal

– Vertical cracks in the tooth

– Leakage in the restoration

– Poor dental hygiene

People who experience severe continuous pain should report it to the endodontist for further evaluation.

Read more about root canals in general here

What is the best solution for a tooth cavity?

smile oralhealth dentist teethWhen you discover a hole in your tooth, obviously a visit to the dentist is required. The dentist will examine the tooth/teeth and decide on either a filling or root canal work.

A filling is generally for less severe cavities where the erosion has only eaten through two layers – the enamel and the dentin.

If the cavity is deeper and is accompanied by nerve damage and maybe also pain, root canal therapy is the best solution.

“Fortunately, a root canal isn’t much different from getting a filling these days. Technology has made it possible for your root canal to be performed with no pain and you’ll be able to save your natural tooth!”

Find out more about the differences in treatment for cavities here:

Periodontal Disease and Potential Link to Esophageal cancer

smile dentist oralhealthOral bacteria which causes periodontal (gum) disease may also increase the risk of esophageal cancer. This cancer is the 8th most common and 6th leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.

Key takeaways:

  • Regular dentist appointments and teeth cleaning can fight against periodontal disease.
  • Some bacteria types have been linked to higher chances of esophageal cancer.
  • Certain bacteria though could help in strategies to prevent esophageal cancer.

Esophageal cancer is a highly fatal cancer, and there is an urgent need for new avenues of prevention, risk stratification, and early detection

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