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Old 03-12-2007, 07:57 AM   #1
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dental bridge-what to expect??

after a year of root canals, crowns, and an extraction, now I am dealing with a bridge...apparently, I am not a good candidate for an implant since I seem to be very reactive with lots of inflammation and pain. So now I have a temporary bridge (3 crowns)--how long should it take to be comfortable? Is it normal to need many adjustments? It still aches after a week...and feels heavy and bulky...is this the way it's going be????Will it ever feel good??? My gums are also sore. THis is a relative doing the work, so I don't like to keep asking any accusatory questions...but I don't know what my expectations should be? When he did some filing down, the extraction site throbbed for days.... Anybody have experiece with bridges????

 
Old 03-12-2007, 01:01 PM   #2
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Re: dental bridge-what to expect??

Do you mean fixed bridge? I lost my 4 upper and 6 lower front teeth and wore temp bridges attached or anchored to the nearest natural tooth on either side for almost 2 years and it only took about about 2-3 weeks for them to start to feel like my own - but b/c they were temps and made of composite material they had to be professionally cleaned quite often since they did discolor easily. I didn't really have a problem with the extraction sites and my bridges were done the same day as the extractions - but they were more than ready (already loose) to be removed due to perio - so maybe that is why they didn't hurt? I know its difficult with having a relative doing the work - but depending on how long this has been going on, you have to go back and tell them - you would for sure if it wasn't a relative, right?

 
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Old 03-13-2007, 08:33 AM   #3
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Re: dental bridge-what to expect??

Thelma-Louise,

I am thnking of having some bridge work done as it cheaper than having a dental implant for each tooth.. i have 5 caps on my front lower, but my UL1, UL2, and UR2 have become loose due to pireo. this was due to the poor fitting of the caps in the 1st place which i got done on the national health. my dentist said it was those caps which gave me pireo. anyway the caps on either end are strong and pretty firm, so was thinking of getting one implant in the middle and having the 2 good roots supporting the brdge from either end. my only worry is getting perio again due to not being able to clean the underneth the bridge. would a bridge give me problems later n in life?

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Old 03-13-2007, 12:41 PM   #4
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Re: dental bridge-what to expect??

Only if it is not fitted properly. Similar to the caps, if you can not clean around the area, like under the bridge, then you can still develop perio and lose the implant. I also eventually got a few implants and perm bridges but when one bridge had to be relaced after I chipped it the 2nd bridge did not fit as well and I started having problems with the implants immediately and frequent infections and subsequently had the implants removed.

The key to a bridge fitting well is that it should not put any pressure or torque on the implants or tightly abutt surrounding or adjoining teeth and it should have a small space underneath that allows for a floss threader to be inserted so you can clean often or the use of a water pik. And it shouldn't look much different than your natural teeth in terms of size or bulk - bigger is not always better - this is the mistake I think the 2nd dentist made when I had to replace a bridge - that if it was bigger and tighter they would offer more support and be stronger. Also, the first dentist that did the initial bridges strongly suggested we cement them with temp cement so I could come in periodically and have them removed and the implants cleaned and checked, which I did. The 2nd dentist permanently cemented the replacement bridge on and the perio had a very hard time cleaning underneath it, but both kept dismissing my concerns.

Anyway, I think the implant is a good idea - just know the dentist well and make sure the bridge fits nicely and allows you to keep it clean underneath. It will last a very long time - some say a lifetime (that's what I was told) but I had mine for almost 15 yrs - not too bad a return on an investment I guess.

 
Old 03-13-2007, 12:53 PM   #5
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Re: dental bridge-what to expect??

Thelma-
I'm a bit confused--
You have implants with a bridge??? do you mean just a false tooth? I have 3 caps and a false tooth--so it feels very unatural right now. and my gums are very sore. How do you keep gums clean under all that bridge ing??? I guess comfort is a subjective view...but right now it just feels like very strange and I don't know how "comfortable" I should expect it to feel and when. This is atemporary and not a real porcelain yet--is the porcelain much more natural feeling? I think I would prefer an implant but it is not advised since I have had so much trouble with inflammation....
will this ever leave me alone????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
Old 03-13-2007, 05:00 PM   #6
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Re: dental bridge-what to expect??

Not sure what caused it (there are many theories) but my upper four front teeth decided to call it quits one year and became very loose and flanged out like buck teeth. So I had them removed and replaced with a temp bridge anchored by the upper canines. A few months later the bootom teeth did the same thing. So I had 6 removed and a temp bridge done with the molars on either side serving as anchors. Within a year I decided to have 3 implants done on top and and 3 on the bottom where the natural teeth used to be. It was determined before hand that I had sufficient bone and that it was the teeth that were bad not my gums and bones. The temp bridges were kept in place while the implants healed and after another year perm bridges were attached to the implant posts and the canines and molars that had previously been used as anchors were individually crowned. With that said I ended up with 3 implants supporting a 4 unit upper bridge and 3 implants supporting a 6 unit lower bridge. It worked quite well like I said until one of the bridges had to be replaced and then I started having problems with the implants and evenutally developed tmj.

Cleaning under the bridge is done by taking a special floss that has a tapered or waxed tip and inserting it under the bridge and then sweeping or gliding it underneath rubbing both the gum tissue and bottom of the bridge. They also make threaders that are basically thin "plastic" string with a closed loop on one end that you can insert under a bridge and before pulling the threader through you slip a piece of floss in the loop and then continue pulling the threader through with the floss so it ends up underneath the bridge. It takes a few tries but once you get the feel for it you can almost do it w/o a mirror - but in the beginning I felt like I was all thumbs.

Real procelain will feel better - it has a much smoother surface and will feel more like your natural teeth. B/C temps tend to be made of a more porous material I found my tongue to be irritated often, I developed dry mouth and food always stuck to them - and they discolored easily. That all went away with the perms.

Implants are not for everyone though - sometimes I wonder if I would not have been better off opting for something else but I was still young, single and very conscieous of my appearance at the time and had the money to spend. The only thing that remains the same years later is that I am still single. LOL

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Old 03-15-2007, 02:52 PM   #7
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Re: dental bridge-what to expect??

Thanks thelma,

I'm exactly the same, conscieous of my teeth. just once it would be really nice to have a nice mouth hahahahahaa.... i am thinking of getting my teeth whitened, silver fillings out and getting my caps and bridges done... i know this is going to cost a bit, but i definitely don't want dentures put in as i consider myself still young and i am also single too. i can't imagine the thought of being with a new partner and then on the 1st night sticking a set of dentures in a glass to the bed hahahaa. i have 3 loose front teeth UL1 UL2 and UR 1 on either side i have caps. so i was thinking of having the 3 removed and having an implant in the middle plus the support where the 2 caps at either end of a 5unit bridge.. do you know of any other method which could be used without having dentures?

Thanks for all yor help
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Re: dental bridge-what to expect??

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after a year of root canals, crowns, and an extraction, now I am dealing with a bridge...apparently, I am not a good candidate for an implant since I seem to be very reactive with lots of inflammation and pain. So now I have a temporary bridge (3 crowns)--how long should it take to be comfortable? Is it normal to need many adjustments? It still aches after a week...and feels heavy and bulky...is this the way it's going be????Will it ever feel good??? My gums are also sore. THis is a relative doing the work, so I don't like to keep asking any accusatory questions...but I don't know what my expectations should be? When he did some filing down, the extraction site throbbed for days.... Anybody have experiece with bridges????
I just had an upper brige done and it does feel as my own an don't have any pain. You should talk to your dentist about the discomfort and pain
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:12 PM   #9
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Re: dental bridge-what to expect??

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I just had an upper brige done and it does feel as my own an don't have any pain. You should talk to your dentist about the discomfort and pain
Hi--did you have a temporary bridge first? and need adjustments? do you have the permanent one and does it feel alot better than the temporary????I'm afraid I've had so many adjustments that I might need a whole new one!

 
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Re: dental bridge-what to expect??

Hey Peony,
I might ot be the best candidate to talk about bridges since mine is bugging me still, but, I just had mine replaced in October and I STILL have not been able to resolve completely my pain issues and what is going on. My gums were pinched up until February when they finally calmed down, that resolved, but I still have pain in the upper gums and throbbing which x-rays don't show any infection at this point. To keep a bridge clean is very easy. You can buy floss with a tip which is stiffer than normal floss and this is the "threader", which just like a sewing need le you pass through to the area where you don't have your teeth, passs back and forth gently on the gum and bridge porcelain, up on each side of the supporting crowns, and you're off to the other teeth. A water-pic is great. I never had any trouble with my old bridge of 15 years, just this new one. I wouldn't be too scared about them, just keep it clean and hope the dentist has covered all the bases.

 
Old 04-16-2007, 04:49 AM   #11
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Re: dental bridge-what to expect??

Fofomebunny--Thanks--So you have some throbbing too?? Everyone keeps chasing my throbbing, but I am wondering if it is coming from irritated gums--which I am told does not come from gums...
I'm off to see a prosdedontist (bridge specialist) today to see if he has a different take on my throbbing pain and general discomfort of the bridge....I do not cherish the thought of starting all over, unless there can be some improvement. I still have the temporary bridge for almost 2 months--do bridges usually need multiple adjustments?????

 
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Re: dental bridge-what to expect??

Hi there,
Yes, I have bad throbbing and pain too. Thelma-Louise wrote some good ( bad really ) information on the post I wrote I think it says still have bridge pain, need new ideas or somethings. I am so darn desperate too. My bridge is already cemented and was a replacement of an old one. The old one was leaking but it didn't hurt for goodness sake. It doesn't sound right that your temporary is aching for two months, I am no expert but geez...something isn't right. I have gone from one person to another, today i went to a naturopath (again) to see if he could find something and now he says I have sinus infection and am doing antibiotics but I am skeptical, but it could be too. I have allergies and also right before all this pain got very sick with bad nose problem, but, my bite was also off and this was causing shooting pains etc., and it is just one big mess....sinus can cause pain in the frontal teeth, as problems in frontal teeth can cause problems and pain in the sinuses, headaches etc., I wish I could just rip this bridge right off if I knew the pain would stop...My dentist can't find any infection on the teeth, I had two root canals when I replaced the bridge, and I am running out of options. Can you write back here in this thread again when you go to the prostedontist bridge expert and tell me what they said to you? I have thought of every theory out there, too tight next to the other teeth ( nope, the floss glides right up ) is it hitting my bottom teeth ( no, not anymore, all taken care of ) Keep me posted. Good luck!

 
Old 04-17-2007, 05:20 AM   #13
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Re: dental bridge-what to expect??

Fofomebunny-
hello-sorry to hear about all your discomfort--I totally understand your frustration and desparation..I too have seen many many "professionals" (I think about 15, including acupuncturist, cranial therapist, etc,,) I was also involved with dealing with a close relative for a dentist, which becomes very complicated.
So I saw the prosdedontist yesterday who listened and said he has heard this story many times...one procedure just keeps leading to another and another....He also thinks that this is probably, but not entirely, a bite and muscle problem...umm I don't agree that is started that way, but probably strained muscles are surely involved now!!! He wants to replace the bridge that has been adjusted and filed and filed---BUT the periodontist did that to ease my inflammed gums!!! So I guess I have to start again -ugh--with the whole thing and maybe we can all work together--the dr. and periodontist--and also he works with the pain clinic at the Tufts Dental School here in Boston (who use bite guards, etc.....)
I don't know who's right--I had the same bite for 50 years and was fine!!!!--but I guess I will have to try and trust (um--I think I did that before!!) I just want this to be over and have a life.--I'm sure you do too.

 
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Re: dental bridge-what to expect??

Hi MtPeony!
Well, I guess it helps he thinks you just need to start over. I know that dental work can make a perfectly fine bite go from great to hell in the blink of an eye! I am just about ready to tget out my Dremel tool and start taking down my crowned molar which is still pounding the be-jesus out of a top molar. I keep telling the dentist that of the 2 previous crowns I had there, every dentist in existence always ended up filing down the outer edge...every time I get a crown it seems it is always high on the outside, it really makes you wonder what kind of art and science do they put into this dental work....Well, so how come you can't get a bridge done by the guy you just saw? That would be nice for him to put his diagnosis where his outh is so to speak. I'd sure want some bridge expert to look in my mouth and make mine if I could. I am finishing now my first day on antibiotics for the supposed "sinusitis". I'm keeping my fingers crossed at least for the pain in the root canaled bridge teeth right under my nose. Honestly, yesterday night my sinus passages were starting to kind of creak and pop and I was in horrible pain, the worst, and now today I can breathe easier and I don't want to jinx myself or start fingering my gums but I swear the throbbing seems to be lessening in that area. That would be unbeleivable if most of this bridge pain was from my sinuses wouldn't it? I know I still have bad bite issues and that's not going away...but maybe I can save this bridge and about $5,000 in new dental procedures. Whoo Hoo!! Keep me posted in this thread if you can. It really helps to have someone who has a pretty similar case, we can compare notes. I will yank my bridge off and start over also if this sinus thing doesn't pan out and if the x-rays continue to show no infection. I mean, what else is left after that, right?? Okay, good luck to you!!!!

 
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