Repairing a Damaged Dental Bridge

By Steven Kail on April 30, 2015

Older couple with complete, attractive smilesWhen a single tooth or a small group of teeth go missing from the same area of the mouth, it can result in a number of consequences for patients. Aesthetically, the smile will be compromised, and the function of the teeth and structure of the mouth can suffer as well. Dental bridges are ideal for filling in gaps of missing teeth to restore strength and functionality for patients. These dental restorations are naturally attractive so that the appearance of the smile is maintained. While dental bridges are strong and durable, they can break or become damaged if they are exposed to trauma or excessive wear and tear. At Premier Dental, we offer dental bridge repair to our Jackson patients so that they can continue to enjoy the benefits of their dental bridge.

Reasons for Dental Bridge Repair

A dental bridge is a great treatment option for patients who have experienced tooth loss, but even under optimal circumstances, they are not meant to last a lifetime, and have an average lifespan of seven to 10 years. However, there are conditions that can compromise the strength or function of a dental bridge much sooner than this, in which case, dental bridge repair will be necessary. Below are some common reasons for dental bridge repair work:

  • The pontic piece of the crown has become chipped, cracked, or broken as a result of injury or the excessive wear of chewing, biting on hard candy, or teeth grinding/clenching
  • The dental bridge cement has come loose, creating a poor fit or ill function of the dental bridge
  • The supporting teeth become damaged by decay
  • The patient develops gum disease, which can loosen supporting teeth and compromise the foundation of the dental bridge

Repair Options

Each case of a damaged dental bridge is unique, so our dentists will carefully plan a dental bridge repair based on the cause of the malfunction. For small chips or cracks, or problems that are more cosmetic in nature, we can usually repair the bridge using the dental bonding procedure, in which a dental compound is shaped directly to the teeth. More extensive damage will need to be repaired in a dental lab. This requires that we remove the dental bridge and send it to our laboratories where corrections and/or adjustments can be made. It is possible to successfully repair a dental bridge, but in some cases, the damage will be so extensive that it makes more financial sense to make a new dental bridge.

If a dental bridge has become damaged because of problems with the supporting teeth, the dental bridge will need to be removed so that those teeth can be treated. Once the teeth are restored, the dental bridge can be cemented into place once again. To avoid the risk of supporting teeth compromising the fit or function of a dental crown, patients may want to consider an implant-supported dental bridge.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have a dental bridge that has become damaged, or is not functioning comfortably, it may be in need of repair. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at Premier Dental at your earliest convenience so that these problems can be addressed. In most cases, we can repair a dental bridge to give you back a strong and beautiful smile.

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