When taken care of correctly, dental bridges can last for several decades, but eventually, they will need to be repaired or replaced. Dr. Peter A. Grieser and Dr. Tracy C. Sullivan are dentists at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA. They are dedicated to providing the best quality dental treatment for each of their patients. They can fix you up with a replacement dental bridge or crowns.
Why You May Need to Replace your Dental Bridge
Typically, Port Orchard dental patients’ dental bridges are comprised of porcelain prosthetic teeth cemented to a metal frame. Occasionally these devices can fail. Problems with a dental bridge include:
- Fractured abutment teeth
- Decay in abutment teeth
- A cracked crown
- Structural problems with the bridge
Dental Bridge Repair
If you are having problems with your bridge and crowns or you notice cracks or chips in the bridge, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. In some cases, it may be possible to repair the bridge, but this will depend on the cause of the failure. If there is only minor damage to the coating of the crown, this can be repaired with bonding. But often, if the bridge is old, it will need to be replaced.
Taking Care of Your New Bridge
The best way to ensure the longevity of your bridge and crowns is to practice good oral care. That means brushing your teeth twice each day with good fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once daily. If you are not sure which is the best toothpaste to prevent cavities and plaque buildup on your abutment teeth, ask your dentist to make a recommendation.
If you live in Port Orchard and you are looking for a family dentist, call Dr. Grieser and Dr. Sullivan at (360) 895-4321 to schedule an appointment.