Bridge is cemented on and never stays on for more than 4 months

| May 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Jackie S

I have a full upper bridge placed over 3 regular implants, 2 mini implants and a few of my own teeth. The mini implants were inserted due to the screw on the 4th regular implant breaking off. The bridge is cemented on and never stays on for more than 4 months at a time.

Sometimes it only lasts a few weeks and I have to go back to the dentist to be re-cemented. This has been going on for over a year now and the dentist never quite has a good explanation for me as to why the bridge doesn’t stay. What could be the problem and how do we go about fixing it?

The problem is complicated by the fact that the dentist is doing most of the work “gratis” as a previous dentist he employed did really bad work on me and he is trying to make up for that.

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  1. sandydig says:

    Bridge not staying on
    by: Stacey Norrell, RDH

    Jackie,

    That is nice that your dentist is willing to attempt to make up for the substandard work of the previous dentist. Some dentists will use a provisional type of cement in order for the bridge or denture to be able to be removed every year to have the posts underneath cleaned. It may be that he needs to use a permanent cement like is used to permanently cement crowns onto natural teeth.

    Also, it is important that the abutments are of the correct height so there is enough present for the denture/bridge to actually hold on to and provide a stable base for chewing without losing stability.

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