Bridge Work, Gum Grafts, and Grinding: When I was 7 years old I lost my upper #7 and #10 teeth in an accident (root and all) while #9 was sticking out forwards and #8 backwards.
Over the years I've been able to keep 9 and 10 from falling out and had a metal partial in for a while. Recently, my dentist had crowned down 6, 8, 9, and 11 in order to put in a 6 tooth bridge. That material wasn't great. The bridge broke a few times.
Last week, I had gum and bone grafting done, as well as metal screws put in the areas of 7 and 10. Then the lab made a provisional bridge put in. I'm a hard-core right side grinder and was given heavy duty night guards to prevent grinding. After a week, the new bridge is already loose. What do I do? ... Visitor from Akron
First of all... having a bridge that "breaks a few times" suggests the need to find a new dentist.
Typically, a dental bridge that "breaks"... suggests a signficant treatment issue for balancing a bite. The symptom of a "first break" enables most accomplished dentists to diagnose a unusual treatment need.
Having a bridge that "breaks a few times" is unacceptable, suggesting that the dentist lacks the ability to diagnose unusual treatment needs.
Get a consult or two with a Prosthodontist with 15+ years experience. Prosthodontists are the "masters of the Adult bite."
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