Care for an Implant Supported Fixed Bridge?

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I have a fixed bridge held in by 6 dental implants, the bridge is screwed into the implants.  It's been a little over 1 year since it was installed.  My dentist wants to remove the bridge, to clean under it, and then put it back.  I am having no problem with my bridge, which I maintain by brushing and using a water pick.  Should I have the bridge removed and cleaned or should I leave it alone?
Location: Boynton Beach, Fl
asked May 11, 2012 by anonymous
edited May 11, 2012 by ChooseDentalImplants
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1 Answer about Care for an Implant Supported Fixed Bridge?

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Your dentist is being careful and seems to have your best interest in mind.

A fixed bridge such as you describe is in close contact with the gums and sometimes builds plaque under it that if allowed to remain there for a long time, can cause gum problems around the implants.

If you are sure that you are doing a good job cleaning, you may not need to have the dentist unscrew and clean it, but if not, you will benefit from the procedure.

If you do not thread floss to floss under the bridge, you are probably leaving an accumulation of plaque under the bridge that needs cleaning, and it can only be cleaned by removing it.

Good luck!
Dr. Carlos Boudet
West Palm Beach , FL
(561) 968 6022

answered May 13, 2012 by Carlos Boudet DDS, DICOI - West Palm Beach, FL
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