Bridges and crowns could last for multiple years, even decades for bridges. However, they will eventually require replacing or fixing. Dental crowns and bridges are basically fixed dental appliances that are bonded to existing teeth or dental implants to replace one or several missing teeth.
You may need to have a crown or dental bridge repaired when it gets damaged or if your dentist at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, Dr. Adam Pasono, finds an issue during your checkup.
Repairing a Dental Crown
Unless the crown’s damaged part is causing you pain or soreness because it’s jagged, you can wait the following day to see your dentist. Meanwhile, check the crown to see if there are dislodged or missing pieces. If your crown is loose enough, try pulling it off to avoid swallowing it.
If the tooth under the crown has chipped or is sensitive, apply pressure to it using some gauze. If you can’t visit your dentist immediately, apply some dental cement, which you can find at a drugstore, to safeguard your tooth until your appointment.
Depending on the severity of the damage to your crown, repairing it might be possible. For minor chips, your dentist in Green Bay, WI, may try repairing it with dental bonding made of composite resin that will match your crown’s color. In some instances, the crown might just need smoothening and reshaping. On the other hand, you might need a new dental crown if the crack or chip is severe and irreparable.
Repairing a Dental Bridge
As with dental crowns, the repair methods for fixing a bridge will depend on what caused it to fail. For instance, if the problem stems from an abutment tooth, removal is necessary. This means breaking the bridge, treating the abutment tooth, and then replacing the bridge if the abutment tooth is still healthy.
Otherwise, your dentist may suggest replacing the abutment tooth with an implant that will support your new dental bridge. On the other hand, if only the bridge’s porcelain coating is fractured or chipped, your dentist will only need to fix the coating. In some cases, damaged pontic teeth can likewise be repaired depending on the severity of the problem.
Having Problems with Dental Bridge or Crown? We Can Help
Dial (920) 432-8492 to arrange an assessment with Dr. Adam Pasono, your dentist here at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, now.