What is Calculus Bridge? | Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

In this article, I am going to cover all about Calculus bridge, it’s symptoms, causes, and treatment. If you want to know any of the mentioned things then you are in the right place.

Having a beautiful and healthy set of teeth is very important for overall well being but there are some oral issues that can make you look unappealing like missing or crooked teeth, plaque, gum disease etc.  That’s why it is important that you visit a dentist regularly.


it’s time to dig deep.

What is a Calculus Bridge?

Calculus is also known as tartar which is the white or yellowish deposit of minerals on the surface of the teeth. It is caused when the pre-existing plaque has become hardened. As our teeth are constantly in the saliva so it can be formed in a few weeks.

As we know, there are both good and bad bacteria found in saliva, but there are such materials or components in saliva that helps in the formation of Plaque initially.

Where is Calculus formed?

It is usually formed in the center line on sulcus in between the subgingival and teeth or it is found along the gum line which is composed of organic and inorganic components.

In the picture, you can clearly see, how a calculus bridge looks like.

calculus bridge

It is very important to remove Calculus build up because it is loaded with bacteria. Once it is built, it is difficult to remove at home and one must visit a dentist for the proper cleaning and removal.

With a professional cleaning and regular checkups, you can avoid any of the dental issues and have healthy teeth and gums.

The Symptoms of Calculus Bridge

Following are some of the common symptoms:

  • Tooth decay
  • Receding gum line
  • Bad breath
  • White or yellow hard deposits on teeth
  • Chronically inflamed Gingiva
  • Tooth loss due to the deep penetration of tartar or calculus

Read, what DENTISTS say:

A regular dental cleaning (every 3 to 6 months) is very important to avoid any oral issues.

Causes of Calculus Bridge

There could be many causes of it, like:

  • Unhealthy Diet
  • Precipitation of Minerals present in Plaque
  • No Care of Teeth
  • Smoking
  • Too much consumption of Sweets or Chocolates etc…

If proper treatment is not given at early stages, it continues growing and end up with tooth removal.

Calculus Bridge Treatment

When the plaque and tartar become hard and it cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing then you must look for the different treatment options that will help you remove it efficiently.

Here are the 2 most common ways to remove it properly.

  1. The first treatment is ultrasonic removal that involves using vibrations of high frequency that helps in scraping off the remaining calcium deposits and tartar.
  2. The second treatment method includes hand tools. They are used for cleaning the teeth surface so that smaller deposits of calculus can be removed as these tools are specially designed according to the shape of the teeth for efficient cleaning of the teeth.

Both treatment methods will offer you smooth, clean and healthy teeth.

Benefits of Calculus Removal

After the treatment, you will feel refresh for a longer period of time without any kind of build up or bad breath. The biggest benefit is, it inhibits the further accumulation or development of bacteria which could cause periodontal or gum diseases.


What is the Cost of the Treatment?

There is no fixed amount for the treatment as it totally depends, what kind of treatment is required. Only the dentist can tell you the exact amount.

How long is the Treatment Process?

Usually, the treatment period is short, but in some cases, it could last from a week to a month.

Is there any Age Limit?

No, there is no age limit for this.

Is the Treatment Painful?

In most cases, the treatment is not painful.

Final Words!

Now it’s your turn. Do regular brushing minimum twice a day to avoid any oral issues. If due to any reason you still see the symptoms of Calculus Bridge (mentioned above) then visit a dentist for a thorough check-up.

Only the dentist can guide you better as he has a complete view of your teeth.


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