A dental bridge can last for several years or longer, but it will eventually need to be either repaired or replaced. If you live in or around Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Dr. Sharon Mateja can safely remove your worn or damaged bridge and place a new prosthetic that can restore your ability to chew and speak with confidence. Dr. Mateja can replace a traditional or implant-supported dental bridge. She has practiced dentistry since 1985.
Here, we discuss how long you can expect your prosthetic to last, along with the dental bridge replacement process.
Causes of Dental Bridge Failure
There are two main reasons that a dental bridge may need to be replaced. The supporting natural teeth are called abutment teeth. While the bridge is made of durable ceramic or another material, the abutment teeth are still vulnerable to decay. If the teeth become weakened, the patients may experience discomfort or the bridge may become loose.
To prevent this problem, Dr. Mateja recommends that patients schedule regular visits for cleanings and exams. Dental problems that may be compromising the abutment teeth can be addressed during these visits. Good oral hygiene habits are also critical to preventing decay and gum disease.
Another cause of bridge failure is structural damage to the prosthetic. The false teeth (pontic) can fracture or chip. This may be due to trauma or biting a hard object. Patients should be mindful of how the bridge is used.
Over time, the bridge may become uncomfortable due to teeth shifting out of place. Some patients simply desire a new crown that blends better with their smile. If you experience sensitivity or discomfort from your dental bridge and the supporting abutment teeth, it is time to have Dr. Mateja closely examine the prosthetic. Some minor issues may be addressed through repairs or a date will be set to replace your bridge.
If physical damage to your crown has occurred, the bridge will likely need to be replaced. Failure to replace a broken bridge may result in damage to the supportive abutment teeth.
The Bridge Replacement Process
The process to replace a dental bridge is straightforward. The dental bridge will be removed, and Dr. Mateja will examine the health of the abutment teeth.
If the supporting teeth are healthy, they can be cleaned and prepped. Then, measurements can be taken for a new bridge and you will be fitted with a temporary restoration. The fabrication process usually takes a few weeks. Once your new bridge arrives, Dr. Mateja will ensure that it is a great fit before placing it with cement.
If one or more of your abutment teeth can no longer support a bridge, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Mateja will coordinate your treatment with a trusted oral surgeon. Once your implants have healed, you can be fitted with an implant-retained bridge that functions like natural teeth.
Replacing an implant-supported bridge requires the removal of the old bridge and measuring the supportive abutments. The measurements are then used to fabricate your implant-retained bridge which can be placed once it arrives at our office.
No matter which treatment option you undergo, Dr. Mateja will ensure that your final restoration looks natural and fits comfortably.
Schedule Your Dental Bridge Replacement Today
If your bridge is damaged or has become a source of discomfort, Dr. Mateja can either repair or replace your prosthetic. A damaged bridge can become a source of dental problems if it is not fixed quickly. To schedule your dental bridge examination, please contact our office online or call (909) 989-5959.