Topic: I have recently had a bridge fitted, and so far have been back to the dentist four times

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February 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm #12850
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I have recently had a bridge fitted, and so far have been back to the dentist four times, and each time he has ground off some of the back of the bridge because I was unable to bite correctly, chew food or talk without clashing teeth, and have a constant ache in the gum.  >From the onset I felt this bridge casting was incorrect, and the finished result does not look or feel like my natural teeth, and I feel this is the root of the problem.  However, my dentist is now suggesting the next course of action is to perform root canal treatment through the back of the bridge. Before I go back to him yet again, I would like to know  if it is  normal to experience these problems, and is it possible for the bridge to be removed and adjusted or refitted correctly?  I don’t feel I can just put up with having a constant ache and not being able to bite properly, but don’t feel im in a position to question my Dentist’s advice.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Many Thanks

February 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm #12870
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Hi thanks for your inquiry

I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing problems from your bridge – The problem with bridges is that they rely on teeth that need to be drilled down and have significant risks by doing so of damaging the nerves. Grinding down a bridge means the lab has not been able to produce a harmonious bite for you. All I say is subjective and subject to examination but i would have the bridge removed 2 temporary crowns fitted on to the retainer teeth and allow a period of 1 month to see if things settle down for you pain wise prior to diving in and doing a root canal this would be my honest advise. If things settle then i would consider dental implants to replace the missing teeth or remake of a new bridge that is re made for you – there is nothing wrong by you suggesting or indeed insisting the dentist does this for you

i hope this helps

Dr Avik J. Dandapat
BDS(Birm), MFGDP (UK) RCS Eng, Dip.Implant.Dent RCS Eng, (Adv.Cert.Implant RCS Eng)
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