Dental Bridges at Dr. David Trotter’s Dental Practice
When you suffer from a missing tooth (or missing teeth) there are many procedures available to restore your smile. One of these procedures is a dental bridge. At Dr. David Trotter’s dental practice we offer dental bridges to replace one or more missing teeth. This procedure is highly effective at restoring your smile and can be much more stable and reliable than dentures. However, we also often have patients that are concerned about pain they experience after getting a dental bridge. In order to help shed light on the cause of dental bridge pain we will discuss some of the complications that can arise with this procedure.
Dental Bridge Pain: What’s Causing It?
As with all dental work, complications, to some degree, can and will arise after a procedure is performed. Dental bridge pain is common and can be treated. Here are some examples of what could be causing you pain after a dental bridge is placed.
- A bite that is too high
When a dental bridge is placed you are essentially adding new teeth to your bite. A bridge consists of two outer crowns that are placed over natural teeth and act as the attachment site. The teeth in between these crowns are the fake teeth that fill in a gap in your smile. Therefore, all the teeth (including the crowns) must be perfectly designed to align with your existing teeth. If the prosthetic teeth do not align perfectly this changes your bite, resulting in jaw pain. These new teeth can also add extra pressure to the opposing teeth which can also cause pain.
- Cracks in the supporting teeth
Sometimes the natural teeth that act as anchors for a bridge can become weakened. This results in tiny cracks in the tooth. Not only can the cracks alone cause pain and sensitivity but it can also allow bacteria to enter the tooth, causing infection.
Decay is a complication that can cause dental bridge pain. However, this is usually a complication that arises over a long period of time. Dental bridges usually last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. After this time the cement holding the teeth together can crack. These cracks allow small food particles to enter. Over time, these food particles cause decay and pain.
- General sensitivity
If you have recently had a dental bridge placed and are experiencing some sensitivity, do not worry. This is normal. Even if you experience pain in the gums along with this sensitivity you should not be alarmed. This is simply your mouth and gums getting used to the bridge in your mouth. Most patients experience this kind of dental bridge pain and report the sensitivity to disappear after a few weeks.
While dental bridges are an effective and stable way to replace missing teeth, there is always the chance of experiencing complications after this procedure. If you are experiencing pain due to a dental bridge, visit your dentist to have it examined. For more information on dental bridge pain or about the procedure in general visit our office in Sevierville, TN or call us today at (865) 453-2890(865) 453-2890.
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