What to Do If the Tooth Holding a Bridge Needs Extraction?
Posted on 11/15/2019 by Keith Boenning, DDS
Dental bridges are implemented by placing the device between two teeth that are not affected by decay or physical damage.
In some instances, the teeth adjacent to the false tooth in the dental bridge may sustain damage because of bacteria in the mouth. If the damage to the adjacent teeth is great enough, it may cause the dental bridge to not function properly.
Extraction of the damaged teeth and removal of the bridge may be necessary if the teeth surrounding the bridge fall to decay. Decay of the teeth surrounding the bridge can lead to complications with the bridge, and the biggest sign of a bridge at risk is it becoming loose over time. The best way to stop the teeth surrounding your bridge from decaying is to carry through with good oral hygiene every day. This includes regular visits to our office for teeth cleanings.
What is the Process of a Tooth Extraction?
If your dental bridge has become at risk because of tooth decay, it may be necessary to extract the decayed teeth depending on their condition. The first step to removing the teeth is to remove the installed bridge from the mouth. Afterwards, the affected tooth or teeth can be extracted.
The dental implant can support the bridge if this is the decided path. However, the supporting teeth can sometimes damage the structural integrity of the bridge and it must be discarded, and a new one must be made.
Bridges can last for many years with proper dental hygiene. The best defense in keeping your teeth healthy and your bridge in operating condition is to brush and floss at least two times a day. Bridges can be susceptible to bacteria because they have more surface area and the bacteria can hide beneath the structure. This is why it is important to visit our office once every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental check-up. Please call to schedule an appointment.