What is the Purpose of a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is an appliance with false teeth that is designed to fill space within the mouth where there are no longer teeth. The bridge appliance and teeth are anchored between healthy teeth in the mouth to help you chew in a normal fashion and provide a long term, functional solution when you have a few missing teeth.
What is a Bridge Replacement Procedure?
A bridge replacement procedure places a dental bridge in the same spot where you currently have a bridge in place. The need for a bridge replacement may be necessitated by associated discomfort, fit issues or general wear and tear of the appliance. Depending on the situation, modifications to your existing bridge may fix any issues or a new bridge appliance may need to be created.
Why Do I Need a Bridge Replacement?
Unfortunately, a bridge appliance will not last forever and will require adjustments or replacement every 5 to 30 years. Your dentists can help identify when minor fixes or a complete replacement may be necessary. In most cases, an examination of your current bridge and an inspection of your gums will help to identify the cause of a bridge failure.
The common reasons a bridge replacement is needed:
- Tooth decay: If tooth decay has occurred in teeth that anchor the dental bridge, the bridge shape and fit may be altered. In this case, nearby teeth may no longer be able to anchor the bridge appliance.
- Improper fit: Over time the shape of the mouth changes which can move teeth around and alter the fit and comfort of your bridge appliance.
- Discoloration: The false teeth in your bridge appliance do not have the same properties as your real teeth. Depending on the shade of your real teeth and the placement of the bridge within your mouth, you may wish to have the bridge teeth adjusted to look more natural.
- Damages: On occasion, a bridge appliance can become damaged or break. The false teeth may chip or the bridge appliance may come loose.
Dental Bridge Replacement and Follow-up Care
Proper care and maintenance is required for your existing bridge and bridge replacement. This includes daily flossing and regular checkups as recommended by your dentist.
With proper oral care a bridge can last a long time. However, if you suspect that you may need a bridge replacement you should speak with your Westend Dental dentist about any concerns as soon as possible.