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A dental bridge is sometimes used to replace a tooth that was lost or extracted. It is designed and created specifically for your smile to replicate the original tooth from durable dental materials.

Yet there are times when a dental bridge can be chipped or fractured. Many of these cases are related to an accidental blow to the mouth during sports or a household fall. Individuals who have a bad habit of nervously chewing on foreign objects or crunching on ice are also at increased risk of damaging them.

Even if the damage doesn’t cause any immediate discomfort, you should still have it examined by a dentist like Dr. George Rivera. After assessing the severity of the problem, he can help you understand your treatment options.

If the damage is limited to the bridge, he might simply start the process of fitting you with replacement dental work. However, a root canal might be needed to treat any damage to one of the abutments anchoring the dental bridge in your mouth.

Going forward you might want to address the activity that caused the damage in the first place by curtailing the bad habit or wearing a protective mouth guard when participating in sports.

If you are in the Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, region and you have a damaged or distressed dental bridge, you should call 630-592-4949 to have it examined and treated at George Rivera, DDS.