Dental bridges are not without risk, as are all dental operations. These include:
Infection: If the tooth used to support the bridge becomes infected, it can cause the bridge to fail. Fortunately, your dentist can manage this and prevent it from worsening.
Damage to Surrounding Teeth: Some removal of tooth structure is necessary to provide space for the crown that will be placed over the abutment teeth. However, when there is too much reduction, it can compromise the structure or cause damage to your healthy teeth.
Allergic Reaction: There is a small risk of an allergic reaction to the materials used in the dental bridge. This rarely happens, but if you have a known allergy to one of the materials, remember to inform your dentist before the procedure.
Gum Disease: Because gum disease can destroy the gums and tissues that support your teeth, it can affect the ability of the adjacent teeth to support the dental bridge. When this happens, dental bridge failure is more likely to happen.
Tooth Decay: Some areas of the dental bridge can trap food and bacteria. When these are not removed, it can lead to tooth decay. That’s why good oral hygiene is a must with dental bridges.
Despite these risks, dental bridges are generally safe and effective for the majority of patients. With proper care and regular dental cleanings, they can last for many years. Talk to your dentist about whether a dental bridge is right for you.