Dental Bridge Repair and Care

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Dental Bridge Repair and Care

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that is used to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The dental bridge is cemented onto natural teeth or implants.

The gaps left by missing teeth cause the other teeth to move out of position. This results in problems with your bite. People who have a bad bite experience a decrease in the quality of their life and their self-esteem.

There are several benefits that lead any seasoned Shreveport, LA Dentist to recommend the use of dental bridges:

  • To strengthen a damaged tooth
  • To improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion
  • To prevent gum disease and other dental problems
  • To improve your smile and boost your self-confidence

Dental bridges typically last up to 15 years or longer when cared for properly. Good oral hygiene and regular checkups are important to prolong the lifespan of your dental bridge. But what are the other causes of dental bridge failure besides poor oral hygiene?

  • Abutment teeth fracture
  • Metal breakage
  • Coating or pontic fracture
  • Aesthetic failure

Signs that your dental bridge needs fixing

Decays in the abutment teeth often go unnoticed because they are covered. Sensitivity in the teeth and the gums surrounding the dental bridge is among the common symptoms that point to the need to visit your dentist to have your bridgework checked.

Other signs include cracks in the tooth, chips in the dental bridge, pain when chewing, bad taste, and bad breath. Keep in mind that when you experience any issues with your dental bridge, you ought to visit your dentist right away. A damaged dental bridge doesn’t repair itself and when left unfixed, it may cause a multitude of issues to the other teeth.

Dental bridge repair and maintenance

The ability to fix or repair a damaged bridgework depends on the extent of the problem. Fixed bridges require breaking the original bridge.

Minor decay and issues can usually be fixed by fillings and having small cracks smoothed over by composite bonding material. In cases when the abutment teeth cannot be repaired, implants can be surgically placed to replace the teeth.

Dentists cannot put enough stress on the importance of good oral care habits to increase the lifespan of a bridge and the other natural teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing will clean the gap between the gum and the pontic. A healthy diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, is also essential in maintaining good oral health. So call us today to schedule your appointment!

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