In our last dental bridge blog, we discussed proper bridge cleaning techniques to ensure your oral health remained in tact even with bridgework. This article covers the problems typically associated with bridges. Dr. James Fondriest, your Lake Forest, IL dentist, discusses these issues to keep his patients informed about this tooth replacement option.
Problems Frequently Seen with Bridges
- Breakage. Of the other issues that seen with bridgework, fractures happen most frequently—especially with porcelain-made bridges. While porcelain looks the most natural, it’s brittle. Oftentimes, the dentist uses a porcelain dental bridge on front teeth for aesthetic purposes. Plus, that area of the mouth doesn’t endure a great deal of chewing force.
If the porcelain bridge is placed on back teeth, though, the tooth replacement is susceptible to breaking. Should this happen, take care to visit your Lake Forest, IL dentist as soon as you can.
- Open space. While the dentist does everything he or she can to ensure a bridge fits perfectly, spacial problems can still arise. Sometimes, a gap appears between the anchoring crown and the prepared tooth, which shouldn’t happen. With this space, the prepared tooth can endure tooth decay since cleaning in that area proves a bit challenging.
- Sizing problems. Due to manufacturing troubles, in some cases, the bridge is made either too thin or too bulky. If the bridge is made tooth too thin, food can become lodged between the anchoring crown and the tooth, which can lead to tooth decay. On the other hand, if the bridge is made thicker than expected, the patient can experience some cheek irritation.
For Bridgework or problems with your current bridge, consult with us at Lake Forest Dental Arts
Should you have any problems with your dental bridge, contact Dr. Fondriest. He can examine the site to find the best method to replace the bridge. To schedule an appointment with our Lake Forest, IL dental practice, call (847) 234-0517. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and before-and-after gallery. Dr. Fondriest and his staff welcome patients from Chicago and surrounding cities.