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FAQ:  Bridges




Articles
Getting it Right the First Time
Broken Bridge Crown Repair
New Alternative: Titanium Core Dentures
Advancements in Cantilever Bridges
Cemented versus Screw Mount
Pictures: Bad Bridgework
Dental Bridges - Pros and Cons
Super Glue Bridge Fix?

Videos
Unbreakable Crowns - Amazing Video
Bridgework and Disappearing Gums
Cantilevers: Most Teeth - Fewest Implants
Immediate Function: Bridge In A Day
Anterior Bridge Failure
Temporary Bridge Failure
Cementation Demonstration - Ivoclar
Marius Bridge: Edentulous Treatment
Total Tooth Replacement:Treatment Example


  •  Implant-Bridge: I have had two implants to attach a bridge (or partial) to the back of my mouth on the bottom right and on the bottom left. In order for my bite to be right, the dentist ground the bridge down. My question is this: since he ground through the porcelain, metal is showing in the top of one of the teeth in the bridge. Is this a problem? Will the porcelain be compromised in any way? I don't like the way it looks and feels as I can't keep my tongue away from it! Should I request that a new bridge be made? I have invested a lot of money ($20,000) in this whole procedure and expected to have nice white teeth without black cavity looking spots on them. ... Visitor from Anderson     (answer)

  • New bridge doesn't touch when biting: I have just spent thousands of dollars replacing a lower permanent bridge that spans tooth positions 29 - 31. When I bite down there is no contact with the upper teeth. My dentist says it's not a problem; I strongly disagree. Are there options for me? ... Visitor from Greenfield     (answer)

  • I had a fixed bridge placed 4 days ago and I still feel pain. My dentist advises me to take antibiotics to relieve the pain. How long will this take? I can't keep taking this medication every time it hurts. What should I do? HELP! ... Visitor from Phillipines     (answer)

  • Is a 6 tooth permanent bridge possible? I am missing 6 teeth in my lower jaw. They are all in a row, all in front. I have 2 molars left on each side. Is there any way to get a bridge that will span this distance? I cannot afford multiple implants. I am miserable missing these teeth and never smile. I have a temporary partial, but it isn't working out. ... Visitor from Valley Village CA     (answer)

  • Root canal before installing bridge: My dentist removed a large filling prior to getting bridgework and crowns. He said I might need a root canal later. Does it make sense to get one now as a precaution before the expensive bridgework is installed? I have no pain. ... Visitor from Wurtsboro NY     (answer)

  • Permanent bridge: Approximately 3 years ago my dentist replaced a permanent bridge and did a root canal. I have reason to believe there is decay under bridge. I use every method to clean between teeth including the jet spray but still have odor. Can a dentist drill and find out what is going on? X-rays don't show that there is any decay. ... Visitor from The Villages     (answer)

  • Fixed upper bridge: Ten months ago I opted for a cemented bridge as opposed to a removable denture. Violence caused me to loose 4 front teeth. I chose the bridge because I'm in my late thirties. My teeth in front were otherwise healthy. The issue is, today I cracked the anchor tooth in the back. I'm wondering if I can lose my bridge before I can raise money for treatment. The bridge never gave me problems and has made my life great but I'm so afraid to eat anything, especially since I was eating crackers when it broke off. Now I'm not certain which direction to take beyond consultation. And also my anchoring teeth were filed down making them very weak. ... Visitor from Baltimore     (answer)

  • Bone graft in gums: I had 4 teeth removed in the upper front. Due to a fall I lost the bridge and the 2 supporting canines. I am told I need 2-3 implants but I will need a bone graft in upper area to support this. Is there a less costly alternative? (looking at $17k) ... Visitor from Ohio     (answer)

  • Fixed bridge: Can a fixed bridge be used for three (3) concetuive missing teeth with one natural tooth on each end for attachment and support? ... Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • Bridge does not apear to be sealed underneath: I received a bridge about 4 weeks ago. My dentist told me to floss under it using something that looks like a curled plastic needle that I thread the floss through. However, when I attempt this, it moves freely from one end to the other under the bridge. Is this normal? ... Visitor from Philadelphia     (answer)

  • Temporary bridge causes loss of taste and speech problems:I have a temporary bridge in my mouth It is plastic Besides having no sense of taste in my palate, I can't speak decent. Maybe two months having a lot of what appears to be postnasal drainage which makes my throat feel sore. I hate to pay all the money for the permanent piece if I'm going to continue with these problems. Anything I should know about the "fix"? ... Visitor from WI     (answer)

  • Molar bridge + crowns vs alternatives: I'm 63. My dentist plans to extract a broken lower left molar adjacent to the back molar, which is still good. My four wisdom teeth are long gone. The dentist wants to crown the two anchor teeth next to the tooth to be extracted and put in a metal plus porcelain bridge with pontic. The anchor teeth are worn, possibly from night time clenching. The dentist had little time to explain it, so I did my own research. Is this the best plan? I'm concerned about weakening the anchor teeth during file down, hygiene, decay, fit and bite, and other problems. Would it be better to extract and then just see how I do for awhile? How about a fixed implant instead of bridge, or removable denture? ... Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Discomfort of bridge: I have a bridge tooth in upperfront that feels very clumpy at the back with a gap at the top where food lodges in and causes pressure on the gum. This anchor tooth moves enough to get food under again causing discomfort until I am able to brush it out. Constant brushing though, makes my gums sore. I went back to the dentist and explained all the problems. He filed down the glued bit but the gap remains. I am embarrassed to keep going back. I am so unhappy. ... Visitor from United Kingdom     (answer)

  • Decay under a bridge: I am 70 years old. My dentist informed me of slight decay beneath my 30-year-old bridge (which has NEVER been permanently cemented, but fits like a glove so is impossible to pull off easily). I can see a black pinpoint just at the gumline, but it has been visible for at least two or more years without her saying anything. Does decay occur slowly enough that my bridge will outlive me, or should I get a second opinion, or what? It's on an abutment eyetooth supporting a 6-tooth bridge. Is it possible for me to remineralize that spot and if so, how? I just hate to monkey with it, because it's like my own teeth and has given me no trouble all these years. What repercussions are down the road? ... Visitor from MN     (answer)

  • I had a bridge replaced after 27 years. The old bridge gave me no problems. The pontic on the new one was HUGE, and pushed down on the gum. It hurt, bled, and was infected for 15 months but the dentist insisted it was fine and said to use mouthwash. Floss didn't fit under it. Finally the gums withdrew and I got all the many pieces of sharp cement under the gum out by gouging with paperclips. Now it is cavernous under the pontic, lots of food gets in there and is VERY difficult to clean. Is this fixable? I don't want an even bigger pontic, and don't trust the dentist to fix it right! The dentist had his hygienist cast and glue in the bridge, while out of the room. Is this legal? ... Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • Problems after dental work: I had a new lower bridge made and tooth #31 removed about 7 weeks ago. I have had nothing but problems with the area, even developed a dry socket twice. My new dentist made a Kois deprogrammer due to TMJ but it was so uncomfortable I took it out yesterday. My problem is since all this work my ear and the area where the work was done and the extraction site are very uncomfortable. In the morning, it bothers me the most. What else can I do? I did write before and was told to have my bite checked which I did. The entire problem does get worse if I chew on the bad side or speak too much. ... Visitor from SC     (answer)

  • I have a bridge which spans 3 teeth. I have gotten 3 infections around the front tooth which anchors the bridge (pain and swelling). Up until now these infections have responded to antibiotics. However, I started getting an infection two days ago and now the gum and whole side of my face is swollen. Although xrays aren't conclusive, my dentist thinks the tooth is cracked and should probably be pulled. From what I can tell, this would leave me minus 2 teeth and the back tooth would now no longer be covered by a crown. What are my options? Could the infection be cleaned out without removing the tooth? Do I have any options besides tooth extraction? Do I need to go to an oral surgeon? ... Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • Pain and sensitivity after ceramic bridge installation: I had a missing tooth that I wanted to replace with a removable tooth. The dentist convinced me to get a maryland bridge instead. After only 2 months it cracked and I went to a different dentist who removed the fake tooth and told me so much enamel was taken from the side teeth that they would be very vulnerable to decay. A traditional bridge was the best option. It has been 5 days now and I can't eat solid foods properly. There is pain and sensitivity to hot and cold that wasn't there with the temporary crowns while waiting for the ceramic bridge. My bite felt fine with the temporaries, but with the real bridge cemented in I can't even eat. An xray showed there was no gap between the gum and bridge. What to do? ... Visitor from India     (answer)

  • Bite and alignment problems after bridge replacement: My dentist replaced my bridge because of decay. The new bridge caused pinching at gumline and bite problems. The dentist did several bite corrections to no avail. Another, partner dentist tried to correct problems and finally replaced the bridge. The newest bridge is now causing bite problems and jaw pinching with jaw pain. I am chewing the inside of my jaw and tongue and cannot rest properly. Also, by trying to correct bite problems, other teeth were filed down. Now I have other teeth that are feeling the hard pressure of the resting position. I changed dentists and he tried to fix it. Still no change. What do I do to get relief? What kind of dentist or dental specialist do I need to seek? A prosthodontist? An orthodontist? Most of my jaw teeth are crowns. ... Visitor from AL     (answer)

  • One month after my bridge was put in, I could see a large gap between the tooth and my gum. I understand that gums shrink. But, I have seen other bridges and you can't even tell that they are not their own teeth. Mine look aweful. I returned to the dentist when I first noticed it, and he said that it was normal. Now I am at the opposite end of the country. I don't feel that he did he good job. Also, at the time that he put the bridge on, it did not fit correcly so he shaved my lower teeth to make it fit. I do worry about all of the food that gets in there, along with the cosmetic look. ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I had a bridge put on last week along with 4 porcelain crowns for the 4 top teeth in front but the main problem is the bridge which is next to these front teeth. There is a gap where the tooth is not touching the gum line and therefore an open gap which concerns me. Also my 4 crowns seems to have a grey line or shadow on the bottom of the teeth! The two front teeth seem to be extra long! These are only a week old and I haven'r shared these concerns with my dentist yet but plan to tommorrow. I had to have a tooth where the bridge is surgically extracted and there seems to be some bone loss because at the gum line the area sinks in. I am very worried about this. ... Visitor from AR     (answer)

  • My bridge was put in a few months back and it has fallen out of my mouth 3 times already. This last time I ended up with pain. So know I have a absess and I need a root canal on the two teeth that was supporting the bridge for my missing tooth. Could that have something to do with the bridge falling out 3 times? ... Visitor from MO     (answer)

  • I currently have an upper bridge with four points of attachments, three of which are unglued. One point no longer stable and needing removal. Can this bridge be removed an reglued? ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Loosened dental bridge: I slipped on ice and hit my jaw on the pavement. On checking my dental bridge I feel very slight movement in my dental bridge. It is a rather large bridge replacing about 13 teeth. Could it be carefully removed and recemented? ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Root Canals and Bridges: I just got a very expensive bridge and it was a pain from the start. In any case, I think I need a root canal because the front tooth to which the bridge is attached via a crown is EXTREMELY sensitive to hot and cold and biting in general. It's been two months and I'm worried that now this tooth will need a root canal. Is that possible? And, if so, would I have to buy a NEW bridge if the dentist has to take this one off? ... Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • What is the difference between porcelain fused to metal and porcelain fused to to high noble metal? Also how would I tell the difference between the two by looking at them? When the dentist orders the bridge to be made from the lab, how would he define the one he would like it to be made of? ...Suzane     (answer)

  • I've had Maryland Bridges on two upper teeth for 10 years. Yearly I will need to have them recemented or glued back. But, ultimately they will not last as long as I would prefer before I'm back in the dental chair. I'm wondering if implants are the answer. Unfortunately I hear they can be costly. My Marylands do just fine. I wish they would stay cemented for longer periods of time, 3-5 years not 6 months to 1 year. Is there a better cement for the Marylands to stay bonded better? Are implants a better choice? ...Andrea in OK     (answer)

  • I am an 82 year old lady with several permanent bridges and a four tooth removable bridge. I have just moved to this area and have a new dentist who wants to redo all of my permanent bridges because he says there is decay under the bridges. Within this past year, prior to coming here, I had a new permanent bridge inplaced and my dentist made no mention about decay under any of my other bridges. At the present time I feel that my mouth and gums are better than they have been in several years. Some of my permanent bridges have been in for a number of years. I think that except for arthritis I am in good health. Having dental work is very hard on me and I suffer greatly. I wonder, considering the number of bridges I now have, if it would not be wiser to have full dentures than replacing those I now have. At my age it would take a lot out of me to go through extensive dental work. ... Louise in CO     (answer)

  • My four front teeth (upper) are gone. One dentist says the distance is too great to bridge, another recommends a bridge. My canine teeth are very large and healthy. With the temporary plate that I have, I cannot eat an apple,etc. In other words I am careful with what I bite. Are there situations when a bridge in this area would be OK? ...Lyn in AR     (answer)

  • I got an upper bridge about 3 months ago. I have pain when chewing hard foods, meats, nuts, carrots and even salad. My dentist has brought me in and place the paper in my mouth and markeed what he thought may have been the problem. Then he shaved off some of the bridge to try and resolve the problem. I have gone back about 4 times now and I am still hurting when I eat. What you suggest I do? This was very expensive dental work and I can't go anywhere else because it is an existing problem. ... Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • I had bridge work done on my teeth about six years ago. Now I am having a lot of pain. What could this be? ...Julie in RI     (answer)

  • I just had a permanenet bridge put in a few days ago. The day after the procedure, I experienced severe pain in the area of the bridge. Three days later my face is swollen on the side where the bridge was put in. Why is my face swollen and is it normal to experience pain after the procedure? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • I've recently had a bridge placed. A temporary cement is used due to sensitivity that I've been experiencing. The bridge is to be fixed permanantly in 3 weeks. My problem is that my teeth that are part of the bridge feel sensitive to liquids. My dentist says that the sensitivity should diminish. Is this normal? ...Loshni in FL     (answer)

  • I thought my bridge was loose. At first visit with new dentist he told me it had not been properly sealed. Could this be? He said the bridge is now useless because the teeth under it have decayed. I am not sure what to do. Do I need a prosthodentist? It seems like big trouble since it involves the last tooth in the back. What would anchor a new bridge?     (answer)

  • I have an upper bridge that broke in two. There are eight "teeth" - beginning with the front two (where there are roots) and then there is a span of 4 unsupported teeth and then it goes back to the last two molars (with roots). The bridge is only 6 years old. Is there any way to repair the bridge or do I have to buy another one? I met with my dentist today and he says no, better to start over or get a partial. Advise please. ...Pattie in FL     (answer)

  • I just got two "three unit fixed bridges" put on well over a month ago, but since then, I have been experiencing a great deal of pain, sensitivity of one side, and just really bad pain on both sides. My dentist say's that it's normal to feel pain and it can be like that for months. I cannot stand the pain anymore. I am living off of 800 mgs of Ibuprofen every 5 hrs every single day. The pain wakes me in the middle of the night, and basically lasts all day and night. Is this normal? She said it could be the acid used in the bonding materials. I don't know what to do, and I cannot live with this pain any longer. It's driving me crazy! It feels like two bad toothaches! There is no throbbing, just continuous pain! I even feel the pain in my ears, I thought after the bridge work, the pain was supposed to lessen, not worsen! Please give me some advice as to what I should do. Should I get a second opinion, or should I just accept what the Dr. say's, "it's normal, you have to just wait for the pain to lessen"? Please Help Me!     (answer)

  • Due to an auto accident I had my 4 front teeth got knocked out. I recently had a permanent bridge cemented to my front teeth, along with my two good teeth that it attaches to. So it is a six tooth bridge. So far I am totally happy with it. I do though have a fear of it falling out. My Dentist says that I could bite into an apple if I wanted. But I am so used to eating carefully due to the fact that I had a temporary bridge for almost 3 years. I don't want to have to worry about what I eat and if it's affecting the cement. So, my question to you is are there any foods/drinks that I should stay away from? Do alcohol and drugs affect the glue in any way? Your help is greatly appreciated. I am only 21, I want these to last my lifetime. Any advice you have for me would be wonderful! Thanks so much. visitor from Lahaina, Hawaii     (answer)

  • I had the two teeth on either side of my top front teeth pulled as a child. My dentist said my mouth wasn't large enough for all my teeth. When I was in college I had a half-bridge made for both sides of my mouth, and had been very happy for the last 25 years. Recently the bridge on the right side of my mouth became loose and it fell out. The eye tooth supporting the bridge was rotten and needs to be extracted. Now I will be missing two teeth on the right. My dentist wants to then use the front tooth and the fourth tooth back to support the new four-tooth bridge. My question is I already have crowns on both of these teeth. Can these crown (15 years) old be easily removed and new ones put on that will support the bridge??? I am only 45 years and in a terrible state of mind over this. ...Visitor from NE     (answer)

  • I just had a bridge put in. I am having really bad pain in my lower jaw. It tastes like infection and a doctor said that it was an infection. When I went back to the dentist he said I had shingles of the mouth. Is it possible and if so how did I get it and what is it? And how do I treat it? Visitor from NC     (answer)

  • I had a permanent bridge put in 5 months ago. The 2 supporting teeth were capped and there are 2 teeth on the bridge. It is my lower left bottom teeth. I still can't chew on that side without pain. My Dentist has adjusted it several times and it is also extremely sensitive to cold. He is suggesting root canals. I never had any problem before this was done. Also he said the root canals can be done thru the bridge and a plug put in. This is a brand new bridge and don't feel that I want the bridge with plugs in 2 teeth. Can the bridge be removed, root canals done and put back on? He does'nt want to remove the bridge. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • I had a filling (large) fall out. Since then the tooth has broken. Now it is basically level with the gums. Is extraction and bridge my only option? Can a dentist do the extraction, or should I see an MD? ...Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • Car accident 25 years ago knocked out 7 front teeth. Received bridge spanning gap that outlasted its lifetime. Cracked porcelain, periodisease, etc. Finally, in June 2001 I received a brand new bridge-3 teeth holding it on each side of span. Looks beautiful. Unfortunately on both sides there are infections where there have already been root canals. Now the bridge has to come out. It will not come out. An endodontists told me he never had to do anything this bad. Any suggestions for removal of this bridge without damaging it? Please help. ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • I have a bridge to replace my two front teeth. One of the porcelain teeth fell off the bridge and my dentist has attempted to repair this a number of times but the repair only lasts between 6 months to a year. Is there a better way of repairing this which I could mention to the dentist? Visitor from Belfast, Ireland UK     (answer)

  • I have teeth missing in the back of my mouth on both sides. I am thinking about getting a bridge put in on each side. Since I have teeth missing in the back, the small gap between my two front teeth has gotten bigger. Is it possible to get the invisalign to lessen the gap? If so, should I get the bridges done first? ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • I have advanced gum disease and I lost my 4 top front teeth. It was hard for me due to the pain. The removable bridge is all I can afford due to my coverage. I've made five attempts to get the clips for the bridge to be moved back so it would not be noticable. I am 39 yrs old and so upset that eventually I am going to loose my teeth to gum disease. Is there a way that the clips could not be seen? I have a wide jaw and when I talk or smile it is noticeable (very). I would rather pull them all out not to see the clips. The technician is not hearing my requests. You may call it vanity but I am in the beauty industry. I am crying every time I go to the dentist because I am always let down. Please help. ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • I had a car accident and lost/fractured/root canaled 10 top teeth 28 yrs ago. First bridge lasted 17 years until front root fractured and broke. Second bridge lasted 9 years until front porcelein fractured and broke. I'm in process of 3rd bridge. I'm in temp cement for permanent bridge (testing) and the bridge won't stay in for more than a few days. This also happened with the temp bridge. I feel that I can't permanently cement until I know why bridge keeps falling out. I'm also doing bottom bridges this time to fill in missing teeth. Still in temps in bottom. Permanents have not been completed, still in process (more reason for not having cementing the top). Why does the top keep falling out? I've been given a nightguard because of possible grinding (very unlikely in my opinion). I never had this problem with previous bridges and temp cement. Dr. says perhaps something is off but until we have permanent bottoms we may not know what. What should i do? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Temporary Bridge: I had a temporary bridge fitted last year with 3 top teeth to fill my missing teeth. I am ready to move onto the next stage now and have investigated permanent impants, but also heard that a permanent bridge might be better. The current temporary bridge is also pushing 2 of my very straight teeth out of shape. I have 2 teeth missing in the same place on each side and one further back. I had 2 children very close together and my teeth didn't ssem to cope with it. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Maryland Bridges: My son is 16 years old and has two missing teeth in the front that never came in the ortho put braces on and left the baby teeth on during the 2 years he wore them. When they came off he recommended a two maryland bridges to be glued on each side. So the dentist also recommended this and put two maryland brides on. The problem is every other week or couple of days the one on the left keeps getting loose. He reglues it every time. It lasts a couple of days and a week and back again. It has not even been a year yet and missing school and time to take him back is getting old. The last time we was in he put a brace on the back of the tooth to hold better, it lasted three weeks and now it has fallen out and broken. I am pending an appointment. I am at my last straw please help? It there something else I should have done. We did not put a retainer on him with false teeth because he would have to take it out everytime he ate and with going to high school that would be hard. Should I have done that or is there something else you can recommend to my dentist maybe he is not aware of? Also implants when he is old enough and who do you go see for this? I was told not until 18. I also was told the maryland bridges should last him until 18-21 years old or longer. Do you have any suggestions on why this has not lasted? He has never had one cavity yet. He takes good care of his teeth and they are straight. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. ...Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • A fixed bridge (#13-#l5) was done only 2 yrs ago with a crown buildup on l5 before the bridge was cemented. Lots of money. Root canal was done on l5 quite a few years ago along with other perio work. After at least 2 crowns on l5 it was decided to bridge that area would be best. No more missing spaces. I changed to a new dentist as the other would not verify it was loose. My new primary dentist diagnosed it is indeed loose along with a perio specialist and endo specialist. The periodontist says a crown lengthing should have been done. It's been 6 weeks now and I'm going crazy with anxiety. I have not chewed on left side. During October through December I had only left ear blockage and popping sounds in my neck and head. Could all this be related? I'm on my 2nd dose of antiobiotics now. I really thought that the bridge would just have to be recemented. I'm losing all trust in everyone. I cannot aford another one. What happened to standing by ones work? I feel so let down. Any advice? Would the bridge have to come out and not be serviceable? I am also having HMO insurance problems with all this of course. ...Visitor from LA     (answer)

  • Repairing Bridges
    I have a bridge on my top front teeth which is only 3 years old. I fell and chipped the front tooth. The Dentist tells me this cannot be repaired but the entire bridge must be replaced at a cost of $11,000. Is there any way to fix this one tooth or can it be cut from the bridge and then replace that one tooth? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Sensitivity to Bridge
    Ever since I had a tooth extracted and had a bridge placed in my mouth, I have had an excessive amount of saliva on that side. It seems to constantly produce saliva with no relief. The only way I can get it to stop is to wrap chewing gum around the crown. Could I be allergic to the crown material? My dentist says the crown was permanently cemented and I can not have it removed without destroying the two teeth the crown is anchored to. Help me it is causing me to lose my mind, the constant saliva. ...Visitor from WV     (answer)

  • Re-using a Bridge
    I have been diagnosed with decay on the rear of tooth #32, which anchors a 3 tooth bridge. My dentist wants to remove the bridge, do a filling or root canal and replace with a new bridge. He says the old bridge cannot be used and a new one will be over $3000. Why can't exisiting bridges be re used??? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Bridge, Removable Bridge, Implant as choices
    About 10 months ago I had fillings in the roots of the two center lower teeth. Five months later I broke #24 at the jaw bone. It was removed the following month after I had a lot of pain following the root canal. Now the prosthodontist suggests a permanent bridge anchored by three crowns because one lower tooth is weak. He says it is not a good candidate for an implant because the jaw is too narrow. I hate to have three teeth ground down and then possibly lose them after a few years of having them securing the bridge. Is a bridge the only solution?? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Bridge Pain - Sensitivity:
    Although I felt no pain initially following the installation of a one-tooth bridge(upper right), after eating some almonds, I began to develop sensitivity in the bridge area as well as deep pains in the bottom right teeth.-- now persisiting for 2 months. My dentist can't see a problem (he took x-rays), but he did reduce the occlusion anyway. While the endodonist confirmed sensitivity in the top teeth, he sees no other reason to perform root canals. He prescribed mega doses of ibuprofen to reduce inflammation -- which has helped only slightly. Should I continue with the anti-inflammatories more than 2 weeks or insist that he do root canals on both top anchor teeth? ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Bridgework:
    I had a temporary bridge put in about 2 months ago. It was removed about 3 weeks ago so they could take impressions for the permanent bridge. When they put it back on, it didn't seem to fit as well. It seemed either one side or the other was loose. They couldn't get both sides to fit comfortably. I had some pain over the next couple of weeks and the bridge slowly loosened over a period of about a week and finally fell off. When I went back to have it recemented, they still couldn't get the fit quite right. Does the pain I'm experiencing indicate a problem with the temporary bridge? Should the dentist re-do it so it fits better? ...Visitor from MA     (answer)

  • False Teeth or get new Bridge?
    My old bridge came out a year ago and my teeth spread out. Am I better off with getting false teeth instead of getting another bridge? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Bridge causing Malocclusion?
    After a bridge replacement (upper right #2-3-4) and two malocclusion adjustments (i.e., grinding), my teeth still hurt. My dentist said that he can do some more adjusting/grinding, and then the next step would be for him to make an expensive appliance. I did not have these problems before I had my bridge replaced and I'm wondering if I should (1) get another bridge from a different dentist, or (2) go with the appliance? Could another bridge just add to the problem since my teeth have been "re-aligned" via all these "adjustments?" I'm 50 years old and I'm afraid to keep grinding on my teeth. ...Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • Pain after Anchor Teeth Preparation:
    I am having a permanent bridge put in but after my dentist ground down 4 of my permanent teeth (I have a temporary in now) I have been in severe pain. The pain started about 4 or 5 days after this though. The area he worked on feels very sensitive. He took a look and blew air on the area to see how much sensitivity was there. Not much, but now I am in so much pain. Is this the cause of my pain or could I also have a sinus infection? I saw my ENT a couple of days ago and he started me on atibiotics just to be sure. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Bridge Cement - Anchoring Problems:
    I have a fixed lower bridge which had soft cement on one side and hard cement on the other. The soft side is lose. The dentist could not get it off due to the hard cement. I am finding that the loose side is irritating my gums and am wondering what can be done to fix this? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • New Bridge Causes Jaw Clicking:
    About 3 months ago I had a 3 tooth bridge inserted on the back lower right side. Approximately 14 days after the final bridge was cemented, the right side of my jaw started clicking but I don't have any pain. A second opinion suggested the bite does not meet and I experimented with thin carbon paper myself and can see not all teeth meet. I can also slide the paper out which proves there is a gap, however minute. My problem is that my dentist uses thicker carbon and insists the bite is OK. I am also convinced this is the cause of my jaw clicking and the bridge is too low but my dentist says it's a coincidence. ...Visitor from Victoria Australia     (answer)

  • New Bridge - No Contact: I have done a 4 unit bridge on the bottom left. But it does not have any contact on the upper teeth. Some space is there. I asked my dentist and she says that because they are fake teeth they may break. But I don't feel right that all my contact is just on the right side. What is right? ...Visitor from MD     (answer)

  • Bridge Pain - Unable to Chew: About 3 months ago I had two upper, a right and left side permanent bridges put in at the same time. The right side has a fake tooth attached to a cap on either side. This side hurts off and on. I chew on it and deal with the pain, but it has never been right. The left side is very bad. It has a fake tooth with one cap with the other side having a cantalever over the other side of the fake tooth. If I push on it with my tongue it hurts and I have never been able to chew on it. I have been back to the dentist three times to "adjust the bite" but I am really hurting. ...Visitor from WI     (answer)

  • Bridge - Uneven Contact: I have a 3 unit bridge on my lower jaw (covers my last three teeth). When I close my mouth my last tooth doesn't have full contact with the upper tooth. The bridge is not cemented permanently yet. The dentist says that if I want the problem corrected - they can put on an additional layer of enamel. I really don't know what to do. I don't want my bridge to be unstable or fracture in the future. So what is a proper contact between teeth? Should marks on the articulation paper be distributed evenly? Mine were very prominent on the first tooth (unit) of the bridge and hardly noticeable on my last tooth. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Regret getting a Bridge: I foolishly got a bridge. I had two missing teeth, one missing on each side of my two front teeth. It wasn't due to tooth decay or an accident, they simply never grew in. The dentist who did the work suggested I get a bridge. I now feel that a bridge should not have been recommended. If I had discolored or rotten, crooked teeth, maybe, but there was nothing wrong with them. I don't think this dentist should have filed down perfectly good teeth. If you can't tell by now, I regret the procedure. Is there anything that I can do to restore my teeth. I foolishly had four perfectly good teeth filed away and covered, just to replace two missing teeth. ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Bridge versus Implants: My 2 front teeth were knocked out in 1984. I got a bridge put in in 1986. The bridge was re-done in 1993. Currently the gum tissue where the 2 front teeth were has receded. I need to know if I should get implants or another bridge? Regardless, I have to get a bone density procedure. I want a lifetime cure. ...Visitor from CT     (answer)

  • 3 Unit Bridge causes Itchy Gums: Why is it that I have a constant itchiness right after I had gum surgery and a permanent 3-way bridge placed in the upper front. I've been suffering with this for 2 years, been to many dentists and no one knows. Should I see the periodontist again, and perhaps redoing the gum area there would help? ...Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Porcelain chipping off bridge: I have a perfectlly wonderful bridge 2 crowned teeth attached to metal teeth with porcelain attatched to the last of the bridge 2 crowned teeth. I noticed the facing on one of my metal bridge teeth is gone. Is there a way to glue a facing on or could a veneer work? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Removing 18 year old Bridge: I wanted to know if a bridge can be removed after 18 years. My bridge is breaking and now I have swelling and pain around my bridge. If it can be removed would it be wise to get another bridge in that spot? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Recementing Bridgework over and over: I had my permanent bridge cemented in several times it keep from loosening up and in time it comes out again. What is wrong? The dentist is doing all he can to get it to stay in. I grind my teeth at night while sleeping. What can he do to get it to stay? I am getting very frustrated with this situation. ...Visitor from IN     (answer)

  • Broken Bridge Anchor Post: I had a root canal and post installed in my eye tooth. The post was used to support a 4 tooth bridge, with the 2x middle teeth missing. The post in the eye tooth broke at the surface of the tooth. Is it possible to remove the old post and replace it with another? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Cracked Root: My bridge got loosen and my dentist told me it's a result of two cracked - split roots. He says that a bridge would never hold and that I would need implants. Is this true? Why can't the root be repaired? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Maryland Bridge Failures: I have a Maryland bridge on the lower front of my teeth replacing my center front two teeth and a third one to the left. It will not stay in. From the time of placement, I have had it recemented twice within the first week, it then lasted about a month, then 3 months, and this last time 3 days. I am so very careful because of the problems and am very stressed by this as I am being made to feel that this is my fault no matter what I do. Also, I am now being charged for each recementing. I need to know what to do about keeping this appliance in place. ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Restylane Injections for receding gums under bridge? I have a 3 tooth permanent bridge in the top front (my second), due to the fact that I was born with a "supernumerary" attached to my front tooth and it never came down when I lost my baby tooth. A dental surgeon removed it from the gum, in childhood. I am now 60, and my gums are receding. The middle tooth of the bridge now looks like it is suspended in air, a terrible fake look. My dentist suggests a new bridge or an implant to deal with this, along with a gum tissue implant. Since my only problem with the bridge is receding gums, can Restylane injections or something similar, be used instead, to build up the gums, without a new bridge or implant? ...Visitor from DE     (answer)

  • Permanent Bridge Removal: I had a 3 tooth upper back left bridge installed permanently about 6 months ago in a prior state where I then lived. On one of the teeth, the porcelain fell off the front and back, (it is fused to metal). My question is, when my Dentist removes the bridge, will that damage the two teeth that it is cemented to? I'm concerned about getting it removed - fear you know! ...Visitor from NC     (answer)

  • Temporary Bridge Pain: I am on my third bridge (same teeth) in 6 years. This last one has been problems from the beginning. The permanent bridge was placed and cracked in two within the first 48 hours. I was eating a cracker at the time. The dentist has since removed, put a hook(?) in one tooth, and a new impression has been made. The temporary was placed 3 days ago and I am in quite a bit of discomfort. The dentist said both teeth have had root canals and did the hook placement without anesthesia. Could this be the reason for the discomfort or is there likely another cause? I just began a new job and have been told I cannot take any more time off, so unneccesary appointments need to be avoided. ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Cracked surface on bridge: I have a 5 tooth porcelain bridge in the front of my mouth. One of the teeth has a cracked surface which has become stained from food. My dentist has been unable to polish it off. It is very unsightly and I would like to have it corrected. Is there some way to improve the appearance without replacing the entire bridge which would cost several thousand dollars? Is it possible to put a veneer on the one tooth of the bridge? Is there some other procedure? Is there something that would bond to the porcelain to repair this site? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Loose Bridge? I went to the dentist and they took impressions to make a crown. When they tried to pull the impression out they had a hard time and pulled hard which loosened the left side of my 4 tooth bridge, front top teeth. I thought they could re-glue it but they told me it could crack or damage the bridge if they do. Is there a way to remove this bridge? I hate to have to pay for another, this one is still good. They caused the problem in the first place. I would appreciate any advice on this matter. ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Abcess under my bridge: My front teeth are bridged. I have an abcess on one of my front teeth and my dentist says I need to remove my bridge so they can perform root canal. What if the teeth are weak and they're not good for replacement of crowns? Do they need to be extracted? ...Visitor from Calgary Canada     (answer)

  • Fixed Bridge causing cold sensitivity? What would cause the pain and sensitive sensation to cold water after having a bridge permanently cemented in? I've had this problem 7 weeks since the time my 4 unit bridge was permanently cemented. The frequency has increased in the last couple of days. ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Why decay on 10 year old bridge? I have a 5-tooth bridge that is supported by a front tooth on one end and two molars in back. My dentist discovered that the last supporting tooth has decay and the whole bridge will need to be replaced. The bridge is 10 years old. I have always taken care to brush and floss regularly and I wonder why there is decay. Is this an unusual situation? ...Visitor from MA     (answer)

  • Bridge or Implant? I'm having an abscessed tooth extracted in a couple weeks and I'm having a hard time making a decision about how to replace the tooth. I believe the dentist said the bridge would consist of teeth 13,14 and 15. One of teeth next to the abscessed one needs a crown, but the one on the other side is totally healthy. I have been considering an implant, but worry about this option due to the price and the fact that I would need a sinus lift. I have suffered with nonstop sinusitis for years due to the abscess and worry about more pain and complications. Are implants really that much better?? I really don't want it to be obvious that I have "fake teeth". Is it a good idea to get a second opinion? ...Visitor from NH     (answer)

  • Mini implants to replace bridge: My wife has a bridge and tooth 17 which was crowned, split the crown consists of numbers 17,18 and 19 18 is gone and 19 has had a root canal. My question is can she get mini implants for the bridge? Her dentist recommends implants but the cost is staggering and the time factor is prohibitive for her job resposibilities. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Painful Bridgework: My dentist seated a 3 tooth bridge about 5 months ago. I still can not chew on that side of my mouth. I keep going back and he keeps telling me the bridge is fine. If it is fine, why do I feel like I am chewing on shards of glass? I never had this problem before the bridge. ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Painful bridges when eating: I have six week old bridges. One covers two root canals, a pontic and a normal tooth. This four tooth bridge is about 6 weeks old and I have pain when I eat hot or very cold food. They have been "adjusted" several times to fit the bite of an upper older bridge of also four teeth. This pain is also true of a upper bridge of 2 and a pontic. I also have 10 crowns that are wonderful but hey are induividual and are all porcelain. 25,000 dollars later, I look great but I can't really enjoy eating. My dentist is making me a bite splint to wear at night as I grind my teeth. ...Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Use existing crowns to make bridgework?: I had a crown fall out that could not be re-cemented because the existing tooth fell out with it. I have a crown on either side of this tooth and my dentist is wanting to put in a bridge to connect the three teeth. My dentist is wanting to create all new crowns for this bridge? Can my dentist use the existing crowns that I have in order to make my bridge or do I have to have totally new crowns made? This is going to cost me $3500 that I don't have and I at wits end on how to correct this situation. ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • I had my final bridge work done a week ago. It was a 7 way bridge in the front on the bottom. I have 2 teeth crowned on the left side, and one on the right side. The one on the right is my lower canine. This has been causing me unbearable pain, throbing, aching and sharp nerve pains in the tooth and also down into my chin. What should I do about it? I'm guessing a root canal, but will this make my bridgework too weak to hold up on this side since that is the only tooth holding that side of it? This tooth was sensitive before the procedure was done, which I did let the dentist know before hand. Any advice? ...Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • Can a permanent bridge as opposed to a removable bridge be attached to mini dental implants? ...Visitor from NM     (answer)

  • My right lower molar has had two root canals and the back roots cut off. It is holding a bridge with seven teeth. Also I have peridontial disease and do not have enough gum for post or implants. What can I do to save my bridge? ...Visitor from MS     (answer)

  • I have a fixed upper implant protheses and I am having a very difficult time with speech and comfort. I have six implants from canine to canine. When I bite, talk, or just close my mouth, my lower teeth rest on porcelain. I feel it is very bulky and my dentist just tells me to deal with it. Is it normal to close on porcelain? My canines are about the same width as my premolars. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)


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