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When Your Bridge Needs to Get Adjusted

Posted on 12/30/2016 by Dr. Frank Sallustio
A diagram of how a dental bridge works.
Under most circumstances, when you get a dental bridge, it is meant to last a long time, even permanently. However, there are times when the bridge, or your teeth, have suffered an issue and the bridge needs to be adjusted or repaired.

Issues with Bridge

There are several different issues that you might suffer that would lead you to needing your bridge to be adjusted or repaired.

•  You may have problems with the abutment teeth. These are the anchor teeth, the ones that have been filed down to fit crowns over. The most common issue with abutment teeth is decay, because of poor oral hygiene. Flossing is extremely important to preventing this from happening, but using the right floss is just as important. Another issue the abutment teeth may suffer from is fracture.
•  Your bridge may not fit properly. A poor fit can lead to pain when chewing. It can also irritate your gums or cause the crowns to rub against your natural teeth.
•  The prosthetic teeth don't match the color of your natural teeth, therefore making the bridge stand out when it is supposed to blend seamlessly in with the rest of your teeth.
•  Sometimes the prosthetic teeth can crack or break.

Adjusting or Repairing

Exactly what is to be done depends on the issue. For decayed or fractured abutment teeth, the bridge, which is cemented in place, will need to be removed. Your dentist can fix the problem and provide you with a new bridge. If your abutment teeth are irreparable, those teeth will most likely need to come out and you will need to either be fit for a new bridge or discuss another option, such as dental implants.

A poorly fitting bridge will need to be removed and adjustments made, either with surrounding teeth or a new bridge. One that doesn't match the color of your natural teeth will need replacing.

For a bridge that has a minor chip, your dentist may be able to repair the coating without replacing the whole structure.

Taking care of your bridge, with proper oral hygiene and taking care with what you eat, can ensure that it lasts many years. But if you do experience an issue with your bridge, contact our office right away.

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