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Why Do Dental Bridges Fail?

March 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — yenzerdental @ 3:26 am

Model of a fixed bridge and crownsA fixed dental bridge has been the go-to solution for consecutive tooth loss for generations. A bridge and crowns are trusted methods to replace lost teeth that can last for years. Although they have a high success rate, they can fail over time. Here are the most common reasons your bridge can fail and how to spot the signs that it is time for a replacement.

Common Causes of Dental Bridge Failure

Dental bridges are meant to last for 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced. Various factors affect the lifespan, including:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Although your bridge can’t get cavities, your remaining teeth, including those underneath your crowns, are still vulnerable to decay. Poor oral hygiene can cause plaque buildup. Bacteria from the accumulations can gain access to your supporting teeth through small cracks that develop in the dental cement over time.
  • Insufficient Teeth Support: A dental bridge is only successful if it has sufficient support. Damage to the abutment teeth can cause a bridge to fail.
  • Bad Habits: Grinding your teeth, crunching ice, or chewing on your fingernails can damage your restoration.
  • Diet Choices: Eating hard or chewy foods often can put wear and tear on your restoration and supporting teeth.
  • Lack of Dental Care: Infrequent dental care can allow small issues to turn into big problems, like bridge failure.

Signs of Dental Bridge Failure

Symptoms of dental bridge failure can occur gradually or suddenly. It’s best to contact your dentist right away if you experience:

  • Pain: You may experience pain when biting or persistent discomfort.
  • Gum Inflammation: Gum inflammation, redness, or bleeding near your restoration can be a sign of an infection.
  • Changes to Your Bite: Changes to your bite can be caused by your teeth shifting from an underlying problem, like bone loss.
  • Noticeable Damage: Your restoration will experience a lot of wear and tear over time. It’s not uncommon for damage to occur, like chips or cracks.
  • Instability: Your bridge should never feel loose or unstable.

Invest in an Implant-Supported Solution

Your dentist can replace your bridge to restore your oral functions. It can last for several years, but dental implants are also an option. A dental implant replaces both the tooth root and the crown, providing unmatched benefits not possible using any other treatment. They have over a 95% success rate to last for 30 years or longer with the correct care, like brushing and flossing. You’ll never again need to budget for a replacement.

About Dr. Jeff Yenzer

Dr. Yenzer earned his dental degree at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and has completed advanced training in many specialties, like endodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. He strives to create healthy, confident smiles. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (636) 549-8020.

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