Like crowns and fillings, your dental bridge is made to last for years…but it can’t last forever. There comes a time when even the best, most durable bridges need to be changed out with a new one. Our Tsawwassen dentist Dr. Jan Roberts, will usually recommend replacing your current bridge if one of the five following factors are at play.
1. Your Dental Bridge is Getting Loose
Is your old bridge starting to feel loose or rocking back and forth when you chew on it? It could be that the cement bond holding it in place has come loose, or there is damage to the tooth underneath. The only way to see what’s going on is to remove the dental bridge entirely. In most cases, the tooth underneath has weakened and broken down over time. If it’s still structurally sound, a new dental bridge can be made to set over the area.
2. One of Your Supporting Teeth Has a Cavity
As with any type of tooth restoration, new cavities can form around the margins of your bridge. If decay starts and spreads under the dental bridge, the restoration will need to be removed so that the cavity can be stopped. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that the old dental bridge can be reused, so a new one will be needed instead.
3. Gum Disease is Setting In Around Your Dental Bridge
Periodontal disease causes bone loss, gum recession and tooth mobility. If this infection starts to spread around one (or both) of the teeth supporting your bridge, it will put the entire unit — bridge and supporting teeth — at a risk for unwanted trauma. It’s almost like having a table with broken legs on one side; if it tips over, the other side breaks as well. Our Tsawwassen dentist will need to remove the bridge and the diseased tooth to replace it with something else.
4. Comprehensive Bite Rehabilitation
Full mouth reconstruction involves a holistic approach to restoring your bite (and replacing teeth). Sometimes, the best overall approach to treating your smile needs involves taking out teeth or other restorations in the process. For example, if you’ve lost multiple other teeth and want to have an implant supported denture or extended bridge installed, it may be necessary to remove the older, smaller bridge first.
5. Your Dental Bridge Causes an Aesthetic Concern
Bridges need to be durable. The best materials are used to ensure your bite can withstand the everyday chewing forces you depend on. But if your dental bridge is starting to wear down, chip away, and is located in a part of your mouth that’s visible when you smile…it could become an aesthetic issue. Changing your dental bridge out with a new one is the only way to repair areas where existing ceramic or porcelain has fractured off.
Get an Honest Opinion About the Health of Your Dental Bridge
At Roberts Dental & Facial Rejuvenation, our Tsawwassen dentists offer comprehensive porcelain bridges, dental implants, dentures and more. Contact us today at 604-943-3343 to schedule an exam to find out if you need a new dental bridge or other long-term restorative option. You can also book online here.