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I originally received a bridge to replace the 7,8,9 and 10 teeth. The bridge was anchored on the eye teeth, 6 and 11. The bridge lasted about 8 years and may have been compromised when I had a root canal done on tooth 11. The dentist drilled through the bridge in order to do the root canal. The original bridge was replaced by a bridge that used the 5,6,11, and 12 teeth as anchors. After 2 years, the bridge came loose and the dentist recemented it. After 4 years, the 5,6,11 and 12 teeth began to decay and the bridge has to be redone. Why would this happen?

All studies show bridges last for about 7 to 10 years and decay is usually the most common cause for failure. The longer the span of the bridge the more stress on the teeth anchoring the bridge.
I think you will need to explore other options like implants and removable partial dentures.

Hope this answered your question.

Dr. Elsafi


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Mohamed Elsafi, DDS, MS, FACP


I am a board-certified Maxillofacial Prosthodontist. I do head and neck prosthetic reconstruction for patients with congenital and acquired defects. This also includes trauma and cancer patients. I can answer questions about prosthetic rehabilitation of the head and neck area. I am also a board-certified prosthodontist and can answer questions about dental reconstruction including crowns, bridges, veneers, partial and complete dentures and implant restorations. I can also answer questions about TMJ problems. I can not answer about surgical reconstruction.


I am a board-certified prosthodontist and maxillofacial prosthodontist and have been practicing denitstry for over 15 years.

American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. American College of Prosthodontists.

I received my dental degree from University of Southern California. I did my prosthodontics residency at University of Florida and my maxillofacial prosthetics fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Awards and Honors
Chief Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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