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Does Your Dental Bridge Need to Be Repaired?

Posted on 11/23/2015 by Fady Ebid
A diagram of a dental bridge.If your dentist has put a dental bridge into place in your mouth, you are likely missing one or more teeth, and the bridge has served a good purpose in filling in those gaps. Without a bridge, your remaining teeth could shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a poorly aligned bite.

The end result could be tooth decay due to teeth that are difficult to clean, gum disease, TMJ disorders, and possibly the need for orthodontic work.

It's easy to see why dental bridges are so important and how they can benefit your life. However, what should you do if your appliance begins to fail? It is important to know when your bridge needs to be repaired and how your dentist can restore the structure and function of your appliance.

What Causes Dental Bridge Failure?

There are several factors that may cause your dental bridge to fail. Most bridges are made out of porcelain or ceramic that have been fused to a metal frame, and lacking oral care could cause the appliance to fail. At times, bacteria can enter underneath the bridge through the crowns, and they can produce decay within the abutment teeth or cause them to fracture.

You may also experience problems with the bridge itself. The break of the underlying metal or the pontic could occur, and in other cases, a structural problem might not be visible but the bridge still doesn't fit.

If these problems can be treated and it is found that the underlying teeth are still maintainable, your dentist can create a new bridge. Otherwise, you may need to consider another restoration, such as a crown or bridge supported by a dental implant.

When Does a Dental Bridge Need to Be Repaired?

A dental bridge is an effective treatment option for missing teeth, but it isn't a permanent or fixed solution. These appliances should last a minimum of 5-7 years, but some dental researchers believe that they can last as long as 30 if they are cared for properly. Unfortunately, since the surrounding teeth will be covered, you won't always notice signs of decay. However, experiencing pain or sensitivity to the teeth or gums could be an indication that your bridge is in need of a repair, as can feeling a crack in the tooth or noticing pieces of porcelain falling off.

How Can Your Dentist Repair Your Bridge?

The treatment method used to repair your dental bridge will be entirely dependent on the cause of its failure. If the adjacent teeth are the problem, your bridge will need to be removed to repair the supporting teeth. A replacement bridge can be put into place if the surrounding teeth are still healthy, but if they cannot be restored, an implant or other restoration may be needed. Additionally, if the porcelain coating has been damaged, but the bridge seems to be sound, your dentist may simply be able to repair this portion.

Once your bridge has been repaired, it is important to take steps to keep it healthy. Practicing sound oral health is essential for the longevity of your appliance. Brushing twice per day will help to prevent decay of the supporting teeth, and you should invest in a specialized flossing tool to best clean between the gum and the false tooth. Regular dental evaluations are also crucial to ensure the continued health of your appliance and the rest of your teeth.

If you are concerned that your dental bridge might be failing and in need of a repair, contact our office. We can set up an appointment to evaluate the health of your bridge and the rest of your teeth and recommend any potential treatment options.

Preparing For Your Visit
We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve full dental health. We ask that you complete your Patient Forms a minimum of two days prior to your scheduled appointment with Lake Pointe Dental - Marietta. This allows our front office team to fully prepare your dental insurance benefits for a comprehensive consultation.

Questions? Please feel welcome to call or email us for assistance.

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Marietta, GA 30062


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