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FAQs -> bridges


question (id # 1915)


The teeth in my bridgework are NOT EVEN.. I have discussed this with my dentist. I got a second opinion and was told it needs to be fixed. What are my rights to receive a refund?? I do not want my present dentist to do anymore work on me..

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question (id # 1821)


I had a bridge fitted 7 days ago. As soon as the numbing had worn off the bridge felt very uncomfortable. It feels tight and bulky. I have a bridge on the other side which from day one felt perfectly fine and I have had no discomfort from at all. This new bridge is a different story. I have no discomfort or pain while sleeping or on waking, but once I get up and start my day the discomfort and pressure starts and seems to get worse as the day progresses. I don't feel like it is a problem with the roots of either of the crowned teeth, neither has had RC treatment but pain and discomfort feels more from the bridge not fitting properly, not from toothache. It feels like it doesn't follow the natural shape of my mouth and that there is constant pressure on my gums and in particular one of the supporting teeth. I just feel like I want to rip it out!! I have an appointment to see my dentist today, but would like to have some info prior to appointment so my question(s) is: Is this discomfort likely to disappear, could I get used to it not fitting properly and the pain will subside or could I be stuck with it for the whole time I have the bridge and it will get worse? And is the bridge work guaranteed? Am I right to expect that having paid a few thousand dollars for such an important service/product that it should fit perfectly and not cause me any pain or discomfort. I was advised at the time that there may be the risk of requiring root canal treatment due to possible damaging of the teeth to accommodate the bridge but I wasn't informed (nor did I agree to) being left with an ill fitting bridge which is causing constant discomfort. If the bridge (which is now cemented in)does not fit properly, who then bears the cost of replacing the bridge? Thanks

question (id # 1816)


Hi, im a 19 year old who who recently just finished orthodontist treatment for 2 years while i had my braces put on. After my treatment finished due to whatever reasons my orthodontist had to remove two of my upper tooths, (both next to my incisors) i was advised to get dental bridges done.

I was really upset as i was only 19 and had to wear bridges, when i visited my dentist they advised me to wear dentures temporarily while my tooth brushing got better.

I now have an appointment coming up to put on the bridges but im comtemplating, ive been told that my incisors will be anchoring the bridges and discolouration may occur due to the cement. can i prevent this from happening in any way?

i am also worried about how long the bridges will last, i've been told it could last upto 3 years but im not convinced. Im only still young, what is the best possible solution for me. Ive read through other posts where bridges are always associated with root canal surgery, can this also happen to me?
implants are also too expensive for me

please help me

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question (id # 1809)


Hello,
I had a bridge fitted in 2007 and this year in May I had my teeth cleaned at my dentist recommendation.Since then I have been on antibiotics three times and at the moment I am in so much pain I cannot describe.I have visited my dentist several times and he said that the root canal treatment on the teeth under the bridge is failing.Now to me it seems a bit strange that it started failing exactly from the moment I had it cleaned.I believe that the hygenist has move the bridge and now food,bacteria and so on is going in.I don't know what my options are if the bridge has to come off ,as is right is front and do not want to be toothless in my 30's.Is there a chance that the root canal be redone and the bridge to be put back ? or is it going to break in the process of taking it out?
Please help me as I am able to live on morphine for the rest of my life than toothless

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question (id # 1805)


Hi I have a bridge which was done some 30yrs ago. It has now come loose at the back. I went straight to the dentist who insisted that it wasnt. I know that it is and after much fiddling she agreed but said she could not do anything as she does not have a tool to remove it. I am worried that I may get an infection or worse. How do I find an Nhs dentist that can remove it for me or has the tools to remove and hopefully re stick it. I am not working so cannot afford to go private. Hope you can help me I live in Oswestry Shropshire close to Shrewsbury
Many thanks

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question (id # 1771)


My Father is an 89 year old with diagnosed dementia. He is currently awaiting another dental plate. This is his third plate. My Mother takes my father to the Dentist but is timid about asking questions. My own personal experience with this dentist on behalf of what I believe was almost negligent care in the instance of a tooth extraction regarding my mother makes me suspicious of his intentions. I do wonder if my Father needs this further plate which he pays for. How do I establish whether this is a genuine dental requirement? When I approached the dentist in question last time regarding my concerns about my mothers tooth extraction, the Dentist said nothing and left it to his dental nurse to do all the talking. Thank you for any advice you can give me.

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question (id # 1769)


A few years ago, I had a root canal but it was unsuccessful and the tooth had to be removed. Last week my dentist inserted a bridge over the gap and two other teeth. I know it has only been one week but I am still feeling discomfort. The bridge comes out over the gums and the gums are quite painful. Aslo, the incisor in front of it feels strange, almost like it's loosening. There's also a problem with an upper molar which is directly above the bridge - it's the most painful - the bridge seems to be too high and is rubbing off this tooth.

I'm 25 and have really struggled to pay for the work that has been done over the last few months (I've also had three root canals and a crown) and I have voiced my concerns to the dentist but he has said that everything is fine and that it will take time.

I have dreams about all of my teeth rotting and falling out. Please help!
Thanks

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question (id # 1756)


Iíve had a nine tooth upper front bridge (4 anchor points, 2 right & 2 left) fitted for 15 years. I chipped one of the bridge teeth a few months ago and decided to have a new bridge fitted, cost £3:500. The new bridge is very nice and fits very well, however the porcelain finish on the teeth is quite rough. I have been back to my dentist and he said that the roughness is caused when the Lab Tech is building up the porcelain on the teeth to get a more natural look before baking, (they are good mates by the way).
I have been to another Lab Tech for a second opinion and he says that it looks like the Lab Tech that made the bridge has not polished the teeth before the final glazing and baking, they should be smoother than they are.
My dentist has polished the bridge with diamond paste in an attempt to smooth the surface but I still feel they are a bit rough.

I have three options.

Polish them more for a smoother surface but how far can you go?
Get the bridge replaced but is there a risk I could do more damage than itís worth to my anchor teeth?
Or just live with what Iíve got.

Nobody notices the imperfection, but I know itís there.

Please advise.

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question (id # 1755)


I have a bridge from eye tooth to eye tooth. the gums above where the two missing teeth are receded. this was filled once before the original bridge was cemented in. I believe they injected some type of crushed bone. Over the years the gum area receded and I feel air and saliva going thru the space frequently. I have had a new bridge put in about 5 years ago. The permanent bridge is not permanently cemented in. I want to know if this gum area can be filled in with the permanent bridge.

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question (id # 1747)


I have a three tooth bridge to cover a missing molar, it has become loose, it was fitted 14 years ago on NHS.
I attend a new dentist since I have moved. My dentist said he will try to remove the bridge and recement it, but if it breaks or has to be broken during this process it cannot be replaced by NHS as the NHS do not pay for bridges.
But now I have been told the NHS do pay for a bridge. Please can you help!

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question (id # 1721)


I have a fractured crown on the top front teeth and it can not be repaired. My dentist said I can opt for a denture or an implant. I asked my dentist if bridge is a better option. My dentist said that I have to wear a denture for 6 months while the gum is healing . I have to pay £209 for the denture and if I want a bridge fitted after 6 months I have to pay another £209. Is this right? I thought if I went with the bridge option, a temporary denture is fitted as part of the treatment and this should be included in the bridge price. Why do I have to pay twice?

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question (id # 1702)


I had a bridge teatment 1 year ago where in my 3rd tooth on the right upper jaw is ceramic one and one ahead and one behind is a cap to make a bridge.It was fine till yesterday but now am having some pain in my gums above the ceramic tooth and when i brushed my teeth there was little bit of blood coming out.Is it infection of bruce because of the bridge after a year??will u plz give me an idea.....

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question (id # 1699)


I have just had a new partial denture, upper and lower, after 1 week they are very loose so I cannot eat properly as they fall out. I don't want to use fixadent all the time and it only lasts about 3 hours. I paid £209 for these dentures on the NHS, shouldn't the dentist have made sure they are a proper tight fit? Can I insist that he alters them and would I have to pay again? These dentures were to replace ones I had in already from 1 year ago when I had a couple of teeth out so I could understand the previous pair being loose but not new 1 week old ones.

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question (id # 1697)


2 years ago , when I was still working, I had implants put in privately and the next step was to have a 6 tooth bridge made and fitted across my front centre top . Shortly after the implant work, I fell ill and I am now disabled. I have been living with the gap and I have not been able to eat or smile since then.
The cost for the bridge (stage 2 of the treatment) was £4650 and I simply cannot afford this on D.L.A. benefits.

Is it possible to have this work done on the NHS ? If not , can someone recommend what I can do to get my life back

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question (id # 1687)


Hi,

When I was 13 I had my four front teeth removed and had various plates over the years as a replacement for these teeth. Eight years ago I had a six unit bridge fitted to my canine teeth. Over the years I have had some gum inflammation and pain around one of the canine teeth that the bridge is attached to.

My oral hygiene is generally good as I have tried to maintain it to the best of my ability. Usually my teeth only need cleaning from the hygienist when visiting the dentist.

If or when the bridge eventually fails is it possible to have it replaced? Or is it better to have the canine teeth capped and have implants to replace the four front teeth? I assume this would be much more expensive than having the bridge replaced.

The gum where the front teeth were removed has shrunk back so perhaps implants would not look good unless I had the gum rebuilt? The bridge I have has gum coloured porcelain to disguise this problem.

What dental options would be suitable in my case and how much might they cost?

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question (id # 1681)


I have to have a tooth removed but im a nhs patient my dentist has said even tho its a front upper tooth i cant have a bridge fitted free on the nhs as its only cosmetic and they dont care about if that makes you lack confidence.How much would a private one cost or can i have one done for cosmetic reasons on the nhs and pay nhs dental charges so that i can leave my home as i cant go out any more and im not agrophobic.

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question (id # 1664)


I had a bridge fitted on the NHS some years ago. This was to bridge a lost molar. On of the anchor teeth now has an are of decay under the bridge.
My dentist says this means I will lose the tooth. Resulting in the lose of the bridge. As this will leave me with a gap of two teeth I will have to have a denture. Unless I wish to pay privately for a bridge to cover this two teeth gap. Therefore a four tooth bridge.
Is this correct?

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question (id # 1653)


My recently fallen upper left cantilever bridge has been replaced by my dentist in a hurry. I am worried that there is no gap as it was before between it and my upper gum. The bonding agent touches my gum and I cannot floss and clean around the bridge as I was able to do before. Is there a risk of infection as my gum touches the bridge bonding agent?

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question (id # 1563)


I had an eight tooth upper bridge put in my mouth 3 weeks ago and i feel like maybe this isn't right and I need help. In the area where the 3 teeth that were pulled, the bridge doesn't quite meet the gums....is this normal ? The other side is good, except that there is a little bit of the metal line showing, but that I can live with. I am just afraid of bacteria, food, etc and have been over doing the cleaning because of it. I need help !

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question (id # 1557)


I have a 5 tooth right top bridge with 13 & 14 teeth as anchors, 15 &16 missing and then l7 an anchor. Last week #14 chipped and now when I smile there is an ugly gap there. The back side is still in place. Is there anything I can do to fill in that gap until I can see my dentist in a month? Thank you for your assistance.

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question (id # 1393)


What is the longevity of a Maryland Bridge? I am considering this as an option rather than an implant (as it is doubtful I have enough bone mass for that). My dentist says "three months" and seems to be pushing for me to extend a bridge to incorporate 5/6 teeth. Please tell me how long Marylands last??

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question (id # 1263)


A month ago my daughter had braces removed and a Maryland bridge fitted to fill a space left by a missing upper tooth (her adult tooth didn't form). Eventually she will have an implant but as she is only 15 this won't be possible for a few years yet. To date the bridge has fallen out twice and the dentist (who didn't fit the original bridge..this was done abroad) has explained that it is highly unlikely that a third attempt would be any more successful. He suggests a bridge 'rivited" into place by drilling small holes into the tooth next to the space and a attaching the flange of a new bridge to these holes. I am very reluctant to drill into perfect front teeth but my daughter is crippled by embarrassment as the tooth either feels as if it is just about to fall out or indeed actually does so, usually at the most inconvenient moment. Does anyone have any advice on what we should do? Will she really have to have holes drilled into her perfectly lovely front teeth?

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question (id # 1253)


I had a bridge fitted 3 years ago, it has become loose and has fallen out a few days ago. Please can you let me know if a dentist can just re-glue the bridge as I really do not want to go to the expense of getting a new one made. It seems to be in perfect condition.
Many thanks in advance for your advice.

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question (id # 1163)


What is the best material to use for long span bridge work?

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question (id # 1139)


I recently had the final crowns put on implants in the upper right 4 & 5; just prior to this I had a new cantilever bridge fitted in the upper right 1,2 & 3 (replacing one that had lasted 15 years but had become scruffy and ill fitting).  At the time of placement of the crowns, things felt a little tight between the canine on the bridge and the implant crown on the 4.  My dentist had trouble pulling the floss down between the teeth when finishing off.  Three hours later, I had a sandwich and, as I bit down everything felt tight (no pain); after that it seems the bridgework moved, as I could feel a slight clicking and could push the bridge into my palette behind the 2 & 3.  Now it feels wrong and there's a very slight pressure pain between the pontic and tooth 2 when I bite. I have been told this will settle and should floss with Corsodyl and rinse with Gingivel(?).  May I have a second opinion please?

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question (id # 615)


I have 2 double teeth bridges in my frontlower jaw. Since having them fitted, 2 years ago, I have difficulty making the 's' sound and tend to lisp. I suspect the bulbous nature of the inner profile of the bridges.  Can these profiles be modified in situ or will the integrity of the bridges be compromised.



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question (id # 454)


I have 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 on one side.  My dentist says that it's normal to feel pain and it can be like that for months.  I cannot stand the pain anymore!

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question (id # 376)


Does a bridge fit right onto tissue?

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question (id # 372)


Are all crowns, veneers, and bridges basically the same quality and what is the timescale for having them fitted?

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question (id # 368)


Shouldn't a bridge fit straight onto tissue?  I have a bridge which keeps getting food stuck around it.  Can this problem be fixed? 

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question (id # 364)


How long does it take to make crowns, bridges etc.?

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question (id # 362)


Can anyone make my old bridge nice again?

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question (id # 358)


What is a bridge?

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question (id # 355)


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?

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question (id # 353)


My dentist recommends I have a bridge to replace a lost tooth.  What is it and what is it made of?

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question (id # 351)


What is the best design for my bridge?

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question (id # 349)


My dentist is going to make me a bridge.  Could you please explain how he would do this and can it come out?

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The following questions were not orginally posted in this category, but may be related:

question (id # 1392)


What is the longevity of a Maryland Bridge? I am considering this as an option rather than an implant (as it is doubtful I have enough bone mass for that). My dentist says "three months" and seems to be pushing for me to extend a bridge to incorporate 5/6 teeth. Please tell me how long Marylands last??

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question (id # 1435)


I am thinking of having three teeth removed from the front of my mouth and having them replaced with screw ins. How much would this cost?  Also do they have payment plans where you can pay so much a month?

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question (id # 1328)


I started on restorative work as lots of bridge work over the years has resulted in back teeth getting shorter and shorter. As a consequence, and with years of clenching and grinding, the bottom front 7 teeth are half their original height. I now feel them loose and a periodontist has said they are at stage II. They are literally popping out of their roots and feel very uncomfortable.



I have moved from the town where a dentist has already put a full mouth bridge on the top and some root canals on back lower teeth which have a temporary bridge on each side. I was horrified to see the periodontist comment that I have bifurcations needing cleaning out, UNDER the bridge, AND that there was a dark shadow or "halo" around the root of a front upper tooth. I was to have had full mouth bridges upper and lower, but I am going to lose at least four lower front teeth. Can I still have a lower full mouth bridge without these teeth?



The object of my wanting full mouth bridges was to correct an ever worsening bite; my back teeth don't meet at all until the front lower ones are jammed almost against the roof of my mouth. I have had a second and third opinion, but clearly these were not specialists; some do not even do their own root canals, just do consultations and make their living that way! Very anxious now. Have spent a lot of money so far.





Thanks for any word of encouragement. I would not want implants - would even prefer a plate (or plates as it now looks)! If you can recommend a dentist in either of these areas (BN8 and OX17) I would be very grateful.



Janina (Sussex and Oxon)

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question (id # 1557)


I have a 5 tooth right top bridge with 13 & 14 teeth as anchors, 15 &16 missing and then l7 an anchor. Last week #14 chipped and now when I smile there is an ugly gap there. The back side is still in place. Is there anything I can do to fill in that gap until I can see my dentist in a month? Thank you for your assistance.

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question (id # 1670)


I suffered trauma in December 2012 which left my front tooth loose and my slightly protruded smaller tooth next to it was knocked out. I have since had root canal treatment on my front tooth and today had a temporary crown fitted, however the temp crown is longer than my other tooth and now there is still a gap at the side where my tooth was knocked out, is it possible to have a bridge or can the permanent crown be made slightly larger to hide the unsightly gap and filed down to be the same length as my other front tooth.

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question (id # 1809)


Hello,
I had a bridge fitted in 2007 and this year in May I had my teeth cleaned at my dentist recommendation.Since then I have been on antibiotics three times and at the moment I am in so much pain I cannot describe.I have visited my dentist several times and he said that the root canal treatment on the teeth under the bridge is failing.Now to me it seems a bit strange that it started failing exactly from the moment I had it cleaned.I believe that the hygenist has move the bridge and now food,bacteria and so on is going in.I don't know what my options are if the bridge has to come off ,as is right is front and do not want to be toothless in my 30's.Is there a chance that the root canal be redone and the bridge to be put back ? or is it going to break in the process of taking it out?
Please help me as I am able to live on morphine for the rest of my life than toothless

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