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Question:
Tooth repair that is attached to bridge: I have a bridge and the tooth that the bridge is attached to has a small hole because the dentist stuck his metal pick in it while he was checking my teeth and he pushed too hard and it created the hole.

Now he wants to fill it with resin to repair it. He said if I don't repair it I could loose my whole bridge (7 teeth) and will need a new bridge.

Is the repair with resin standard practice? It is now metal. ... Visitor from VA

Answer:
You are fortunate to have such a creative and talented dentist. Most dentists wouldn't attempt it, preferring to remove the bridge and create a new one.

The tooth failure was imminent. Normal teeth and normal tooth enamel are the hardest substances in the human body. The fact your dentist poked a hole in the tooth glaringly indicates the tooth was failing.

Anchor teeth that have decay issues usually reflects that oral hygiene habits that are required for bridge maintenance might have been less than optimal.

Food and bacteria cannot be allowed to ever accumulate around anchor teeth.

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