A broken or chipped tooth can be a major source of embarrassment and self-consciousness as you go about your life. But when that tooth is part of a dental bridge, it brings an added element of financial worry, as well as confusion about how to go about repairing it.
If you’ve fractured or broken your bridge, don’t worry. Our team at Dental Specialty Associates knows just what to do.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is a special type of dental implant that replaces multiple, consecutive missing teeth. A bridge is typically secured via a crown on each adjoining (or abutment) tooth, while false teeth (or pontics) serve to “bridge” the gap between.
A broken bridge can be a source of self-consciousness and embarrassment in the same way that a broken or chipped tooth can. It can also be expensive to repair or replace if you don’t have dental insurance. Fortunately, a repair or replacement is usually possible.
What Causes a Dental Bridge to Break?
A dental bridge is typically made of a metal frame that is coated with ceramic or porcelain. While usually fairly sturdy, these materials can weaken due to improper oral hygiene. They may also chip or crack in the same way that a normal tooth might — a blow to the tooth due to a fall or a car accident can break even a false tooth, as can hard candies or foods. In some cases, a bridge may “break” when the adjoining or abutment teeth fracture or break. In this case, the dental bridge technically remains whole, but it no longer functions properly.
What to Do if a Dental Bridge Breaks
The most important things to do if you break your dental bridge are to remain calm and see your dentist right away. While a broken bridge may not be painful in the same way that a broken tooth might, the break allows bacteria to enter your dental bridge, which can cause problems over time.
Your dentist will discuss your options for repair or replacement depending on your individual dental bridge. If the break is only a minor fracture, it may be repaired by dental bonding. However, since this uses a different material than heat-fused porcelain, it may stain over time. Another option might be a full or partial veneer, depending on the type of damage to your dental bridge.
Usually, the best option will be to replace the bridge entirely. This will ensure that your dental bridge is as strong as it can be and that no bacteria is trapped in your bridge.
Have a dental bridge that has fractured or broken? Dental Specialty Associates can help with your repair to make sure your smile is as beautiful and healthy as possible. Give us a call at 480-633-5995 to schedule an appointment.