Can an Infection Develop Under a Dental Bridge?

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Dental bridges are a popular and convenient way to restore a complete and beautiful smile when someone is missing one or more teeth, particularly when they hope to avoid the more invasive and sometimes lengthy process of having dental implants placed. Not only that, but bridges can last for years or even decades and offer patients the opportunity to once again smile, laugh, eat, and talk with confidence. Still, dental problems can occur even with a bridge in place and, in some cases, may be harder to spot when they begin to develop underneath the bridge or in the teeth supporting the bridge. At Riley Dental in Haslet, TX, Dr. Luke Riley and our team of dental specialists are experienced in educating patients about how to care for their dental bridge, what signs of gum disease or tooth infection to look for around the bridge, and what to do if you suspect an infection — as well as what treatment options we offer at our full-service dental practice.

What is a bridge in dentistry?

A dental bridge is a restorative device that is commonly used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. There are several types of dental bridges available, and Dr. Riley will discuss which one may be most suitable for you following a thorough consultation and exam. In many cases, a bridge is held in place by two crowns that are bonded (cemented) to the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth. Porcelain crowns are custom-made to match the remaining teeth and used to replace the missing tooth/teeth.

Can dental bridges get infected?

An infection around a dental bridge is certainly possible, as are other issues involving the teeth and gums beneath and around the bridge. This is often caused by bacteria accumulating just at the edges of the bridge— called the margins — and may be worse when a bridge is loose or has an improper fit. This bacteria can ultimately spread to the teeth under the crowns that support the bridge, which may progress to decay, cavities, infection, abscess, and even the need for a root canal or extraction. Additionally, the gums beneath a bridge can develop periodontal disease (gum disease). The majority of these complications are largely avoidable with proper dental and oral hygiene and regular trips to the dentist.

How do I know if I have an infection under my bridge?

Common signs and symptoms that may mean you have an infection, decay, gum disease, or another problem around or beneath your dental bridge include:

  • Sensitive teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in mouth
  • Bridge feels loose
  • Swollen, red, or bleeding gums
  • Pain

If you suspect that you may have an infection under your dental bridge, don’t hesitate to call us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. When caught early, many of the problems that can develop beneath dental bridges can be treated effectively.

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Whether you already have a dental restoration and suspect an infection, or you’re just starting out on your journey to replace one or more missing teeth and get the stunning smile you’ve been dreaming of, Dr. Riley and our team are here to help. To learn more about our full range of restorative dentistry services in Haslet, TX, call to schedule your consultation with us today.

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