Dental bridges are an excellent way to fill in a space from a missing tooth. Once the procedure is complete, your smile will be returned to its former glory and your mouth will function as it did previously. A bridge can be a durable, long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing solution if you need to have a tooth removed. But what if the dental bridge comes loose or needs to be removed? Can it be removed and replaced, or will a new bridge have to be created and attached in its place?
At Oak Road Dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental services, including general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Whether you’re in need of an implant, a new dental bridge or repair of an existing restoration, we are expertly trained in providing quality service with compassionate care.
Here we’ll discuss more about dental bridges and treatment options for removal and replacement.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a dental restoration that is affixed in place of one or more missing teeth. There are different types of dental bridges that can be used depending on which best fits the circumstances requiring the tooth replacement.
A traditional bridge consists of two crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, joined in the middle by a false tooth; or you may have an implant-supported bridge that is held in place by implants that are placed directly in the jawbone. Yet another type of bridge is made to be attached to the adjacent teeth with a metal or ceramic framework.
If My Dental Bridge Needs to Be Removed, Can It Be Replaced?
If you find that your dental bridge has become loose, damaged or otherwise compromised, a variety of factors must be considered before determining if it can be reattached or if it will require a new bridge to go in its place.
If the bridge has become loose over time, it may be possible for your dentist to remove it and recement it in place. This will depend on the strength of the existing cement used to bond the bridge in place, as well as the health and integrity of the supporting and neighboring teeth. If decay or gum disease has occurred, or if the bridge itself has been compromised, it will likely need to be recreated and a procedure to place the new bridge will be required.
Because there are so many variables that must be considered, it’s important to review your individual situation with your dentist to ensure that the best treatment plan is devised to meet your personal needs and preferences.
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Our office in Snellville, GA is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for all your restorative dentistry services. Our team of highly skilled, compassionate dental professionals is here to help you restore the strength, appearance and function of your smile. If you’re ready to learn more about options for restoring your dental bridge, contact our office today at 770-985-9559 to schedule an appointment, or request an appointment online.