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#1 Clementine

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 02:56 AM

Hello All,

For those of you with fixed bridges, I am hoping you can help me.

I had a permanent one placed about a month ago. It is on the lower last three molars, so I use it all the time. Every time I eat anything, food gets caught and it also feels as though it is squishing around...like it is loose and it doesn't sit on my gum line. Food gets under it and it also wiggles, but the two teeth the fake tooth is attached to seems sturdy.

I have spoke to my dentist about this and he said it's not loose and told me my new way to floss. Well, that is not good enough for me because from what I've read it should function just like my natural teeth would have.

Any suggestions on what I need to do? I see this same dentist today for final impressions for three more crowns and to be honest, I don't want him fitting these teeth until the bridge feels right.

I also worry about the integrity of the two opposing teeth and will they eventually break off due to stress?

Please offer me any insight you may have.

Thanks,

Clem

#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 04:28 AM

Hi Clem,

Bridges should feel comfortable, not loose. Proper care for all bridges includes brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day or as often as necessary, with the special tools and instructions from your dentist (not regular floss). But the tooth should be resting on the gum line, not above it.

If you can't insist that the first bridge fits properly, what on earth will you do with three more ill-fitting bridges? It sounds like it's time for another little heart-to-heart with your dentist before proceeding...even ask if another dentist in the office can take a look at it, perhaps?

Good luck to you, let us know how it goes.
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#3 Clementine

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 06:46 AM

Shelley,

I went to my appointment today all revved up to talk to the dentist and they didn't have me on their books! I expressed my concerns to the desk person but not to the dentist, as he was busy. It's been dramatic so far so I am sure she'll tell the dentist my concerns.

I assume you have a bridge? Does yours feel like there is suction? My bridge feels secure on the teeth that it is secured to but it feels squishy, for lack of a better description.

Maybe this IS how it's supposed to feel? Everytime I eat a sandwich I worry it will break.

Thanks.
Jen

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 06:57 AM

Hi Clem,

As it happens, I don't have enough teeth to have a bridge, so I have a partial to fill in all the blanks. But my husband has a few bridges and he's never complained of a squishy or uncomfortable feeling with any of them, not even with caramel apples or corn on the cob.

Is it possible for you to get a second opinion, before you proceed, especially now that it is serendipitously delayed?
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#5 Clementine

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 08:19 AM

Wow, I would not even try to eat something sticky. Interesting. I don't really feel like I have a choice but to have another opinion, and another copay. Stop the insanity someone!

Thanks Shelley.

Clem

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 02:39 PM

Oh Jenny,
Bummer, you have been through so much with your teeth. I would NOT settle with how they are now. You need to be comfortable with them. See someone else.
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 12:40 AM

I had a bridge last year and I have to say that it feels just like my own teeth. It sits slightly into my gum on the right upper molars. I had one tooth removed and the bridge is fixed on 2 teeth either side.

My dentist told me to have the bridge soon after extraction so that it would fit inside my gum rather than on top. He put a temporary one in place until the permanent one was made. I've had no problems since.

It doesn't sound right to me that it should feel squishy. From an oral health point of view, I think it should fit perfectly.
I hope you mention this again and again to your dentist until he finally takes it out and replaces it correctly. Perhaps if you tell him a little lie, like you feel like you have been getting bad breath, and if you have Raynauds, emphasise that it's not that easy for you to brush or floss correctly with the loss of dexterity.

I really wish you well on this one!

Bes wishes
Barbara xxx

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 08:25 AM

Clem,

Hoping at this time you have got all the dental work done.

How is the bridge now? Did the dentist re-cement it? How did the other crowns go?

Hope all is fitting well now!

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Becky
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Posted 31 January 2009 - 03:12 PM

I'm with Sweet on this one....I also think you should see someone else...especially since he seems to be insistent there is nothing wrong with it....because you know how it feels....and if it doesn't feel right to you then I would bet my dollar it isn't right! Trust your instincts on this one, you've nothing to lose and all to gain.
Sending good wishes your way!