CROWNS & BRIDGES
A dental crowns and bridges, or dental cap, covers your damaged tooth and is a solid replacement for a damaged natural tooth. A crown fits just like a natural tooth because it is created from impressions of your tooth. After your crown is in place, your tooth will be stronger and last longer. Dental Associates offers a variety of materials for your dental crown, and our dentists will discuss the best option for your individual case.
Missing teeth not only make talking and chewing more difficult, but they can also cause other problems over time. Teeth adjacent to the space in your mouth can eventually shift into the empty space, which can affect your bite and lead to gum disease or other disorders such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint issues).One way to take care of a gap caused by a missing tooth is with a dental bridge. There are two types of bridges: removable and permanent. Removable dental bridges, also called partial dentures, can be taken out and cleaned, and permanent dental bridges, sometimes called dentures.
Our Dentist will recommend the best bridge to keep your mouth at its healthiest and you at your happiest. With proper care and dental hygiene, your bridge will keep you smiling for many years to come.
Dental crowns & bridges can last for decades, but eventually they need repairing or replacing. A dental bridge is a fixed appliance that is placed in the mouth when one or more teeth are missing. Usually, the pontic (or false) teeth are anchored to the healthy teeth on either side of the gap, which are called the abutment teeth. You might need dental bridge repair because your bridge has broken, or dentist identified a problem during a routine checkup.
CAUSES OF DENTAL BRIDGE FAILURE
Most dental bridges are made of ceramics or porcelain fused to an underlying metal frame, and lacking oral care can cause these products to fail. Bacteria can enter under the bridge through the crowns and manage to produce decay in the abutment teeth, according to the Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry. Abutment teeth can also fracture.
Problems in the bridge itself include breakage of the underlying metal and a fracture of the coating or pontic. Sometimes there aren’t any structural problems with the bridge, but it doesn’t fit well in the mouth or the color doesn’t match the surrounding teeth.
WHEN THEY NEED FIXING
Dental bridges are an effective treatment for missing teeth, but they aren’t a permanent solution. The dental bridges should last five to seven years or longer – up to 35 years according to the Creighton University School of Dentistry. But because the abutment teeth are covered, signs of decay aren’t visible, and sensitivity in the teeth or gums around a dental bridge could be a sign that it needs repair. You might also notice or feel a crack in the tooth, or pieces of the porcelain may come off. If you notice chips or cracks in your dental bridge, or feel pain or sensitivity when chewing on it or brushing it, you should see the dentist.
DENTAL BRIDGE REPAIR
Treatment to repair a dental bridge depends on the cause of the failure. If the issue is with an abutment tooth, the dentist will remove the bridge. Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the abutment teeth, so this often requires breaking the original bridge. Once the supporting teeth have been treated, and if they’re still healthy, a replacement bridge can be made. If the dentist can’t restore the abutment teeth, they can be replaced with implants that support a new bridge. The abutment teeth and the missing teeth can also be replaced with implants, which are placed surgically into the jaw bone.
If the porcelain coating on the bridge is chipped or fractured, but the bridge is otherwise sound, it may be possible for our dentist to repair the coating. Dentists can sometimes repair a fractured pontic as well.