Bridge Problems

Ask Dr. Stanfield: What are the most common dental bridge problems?

When patients first receive a new dental bridge, they may have problems like difficulty chewing — especially if they have been missing a tooth for awhile, it may take a week or so to get used to having a tooth back in that place. If that happens, it’s best to cut your food up into small pieces and eat softer foods until your mouth gets readjusted to having all of your teeth.

The most common complaint following placement of a bridge is sensitivity to cold. This is actually a normal consequence of bridge placement and almost always resolves within a short time.

A significant problem for some people with dental bridges is tooth decay under the crowns that are used on the teeth on either side of the “bridge” to support the artificial tooth. Decay under the crowns can cause the bridge to shift, or break. If you haven’t been practicing good oral hygiene, please start now! Many people with bridges prefer to use a mechanical rather than a manual brush to ensure any food particles are removed completely from around the bridge and adjacent teeth.

Finally, some people’s bridges loosen and may fall off. In virtually every case, this is due to inadequate oral hygiene practices.