Why Losing the Dental Bridge is the Best Treatment:
The failure of dental bridges are inevitable. When patient's lose a dental bridge due to failure, they are looking at paying an exorbitant amount of money for their replacement. LoseTheBridge movement is a proactive preventative measure that eliminates bridges and problems that will arise from them.
I see multiple emergency patients daily that present with a broken non-removable bridge. Most commonly when a bridge fails, the abutment teeth fail due to cavities or fracture. Once this occurs, you are looking at extracting the teeth and placing implants at a cost close to $10,000.
When you LoseTheBridge preventatively, you are looking to retain the original abutment teeth and ONLY replace the missing tooth/teeth in the middle. This requires an implant per missing tooth with no extractions. The cost savings for the patient can be over 50%!
According to Dr. Misch the four biggest reasons for bridge failure are, in descending order:
1. Decay of the anchoring teeth
2. Need for root canals on the anchoring teeth
3. Cement failure on crowns of the anchoring teeth
4. The porcelain breaks
It is hard work to keep a bridge clean. Most patients do not do a very thorough job of cleaning under a bridge, even if they try. So decay is almost inevitable. And if the cement seal breaks down on one of the anchor teeth, the bacteria will get underneath the crown and destroy the teeth from the inside without the dentist or patient knowing.
Dr Misch's "cascade of destruction" is the inevitable damage resulting from placing a non-removable dental bridge. According to Dr Misch, one of the anchor teeth of a bridge is lost at a rate of about 3% after 5 years, 13% after 10 years and 30% after 14 years.
Dental implants are the "gold standard" in replacing missing teeth today.
This patient will now need to have this bridge removed and wait 1 year to have teeth replaced in this area because she waited too long!