Can dental bridges always be replaced when they go bad? How can you tell when they go bad?

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Bridges gone bad

Hello, 
Normally a well done bridge can work for very long time, decades. But at some point they might need replacement. Usually it is because your bridge has broken, or your dentist identified a problem during a routine checkup. Other times bacteria can enter under the bridge through the crown margins and manage to produce decay in the teeth below. Sensitivity in the teeth or gums around a dental bridge could be a sign that it needs repair. You might also notice or feel a crack in the tooth, or pieces of the porcelain may come off.


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