Can a bridge be removed once cemented into the mouth?

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Can a bridge be removed

I've practice dentistry for 35 years and have encountered this problem many times.  Trying to tap a bridge off often damages the tooth underneath which compromises making a new one or repairing the old.  If a bridge is properly cemented onto the teeth, my recommendation is to not try to remove it, but rather just make a new one.  It would be much safer.  You might even consider placing implants.


Chicago Dentist

A Bridge Can Be Removed After It It Cemented in Mouth

Yes, a bridge can certainly be removed. However, are you really asking whether it can be removed or can it be removed and then recemented onto the teeth?

If the dentist is going to remove the bridge to replace it with another, then it is usually drilled off. However, if he is trying to take it off to check or change something, and then wanting to recement it, then the technique is to try to tap it off with an instrument. Although that technique is sometimes successful, it also runs the risks of injuring the underlying tooth and even fracturing it off. I do not use that technique in my office because of the high risk of breakage.

However, there is another approach that has a lower rate of potential damage. The dentist will have you bite down on a warmed soft wax-like wafer, then cool it down with water. When it is cooled down, it is hard, and sticks to both the bridge and opposite teeth. Then the dentist will ask the patient to open his/her mouth quickly. Sometimes the bridge will come off, but on occasions it can loosen other crowns off of their underlying teeth. Clearly a better way to go than trying to tap off the bridge, but safest approach is for the dentist to just drill off the bridge and make you another one.

Norman Huefner, DDS
Laguna Niguel Dentist

A Bridge Can Be Removed After It It Cemented in Mouth

However, it would probably be destroyed in the removal process if it was permanently cemented.

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