3 Common Problems Your Dental Bridges May Be Causing

Dental bridges typically don’t last a lifetime, so many patients will experience problems with them at some point. Fixari Family Dental dental bridge pictureuses the latest procedures and techniques to fix our patients’ dental bridges problems and give them a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. Here are 3 problems that bridges may be causing:

1. Decay is forming underneath the crowns of the bridge.

It’s harder to maintain good oral hygiene with a dental bridge, but it’s incredibly important to keep the surrounding teeth and gums free of bacteria. Rather than flossing normally, patients who have bridges need special tools to get food particles out from under the bridge. If the teeth that support the bridge become decayed, the bridge is likely to fail.

In this situation, we’ll likely need to replace the bridge and get rid of the decay. Oftentimes, the better alternative to replacing the bridge is to use dental implants, which replace missing teeth permanently.

2. The bridge looks unnatural.

Bridges are designed to replace missing teeth, not only to enable the patient to eat but also to improve the patient’s appearance. If a dental bridge looks unnatural because it doesn’t match the color of the rest of the teeth, or the crowns do not line up with the gum line, the patient is likely to feel disappointed and unconfident.

Bridges are an investment, so you deserve to love the way it looks.

In some cases, gum contouring can improve the appearance of the bridge. If the problem is that the bridge is whiter than the rest of the teeth, teeth whitening treatments can help even out the smile as a whole.

3. The bridge is ill-fitting.

Dental bridges need to fit perfectly to enable the patient to chew with ease and to avoid pain later. A bridge may become ill-fitting due to decay or a bad fit when the bridge was created.

older couple smiling togetherWe may be able to make your bridge fit better by working on the teeth that support the bridge, or we may recommend replacing the bridge. The bridge may fall out completely if decay is present. If this happens, we may be able to reattach it, but if it cannot be reattached, we can create a new, better-fitting bridge.

We understand how frustrating it can be to have problems with your bridge. Our office is committed to helping patients who are experiencing problems with their bridgework or other dental appliances. We’ll do whatever it takes to improve your appliance and your quality of life. If you’re struggling with your dental bridge, we encourage you to contact our office.