In most cases, fixed prosthodontic treatments are successful however, there is always some risk depending on the condition of the tooth, how well you care for your teeth and the surrounding gums, and the biting forces on the tooth.
Common risks and complications include:
- reduction of tooth structure: this may be necessary during the preparation of decayed or damaged teeth so crowns and/or bridges can be placed on the tooth/teeth
- speech: your speech may be altered temporarily until your tongue and lips adjust to the new fixed prosthodontic
- sensitivity: this may occur after the preparation of the tooth surface for a crown or bridge
- uncomfortable: fixed prosthodontics are artificial and therefore can feel uncomfortable or different from your natural teeth. This feeling should only be temporary
- breakage and/or chipping: porcelain, acrylic and metal components of the fixed prosthodontic can chip and even break. Biting hard materials, change in biting forces, traumatic blows to the mouth are possible causes of a break or chip
- teeth involved in the placement of a crown or bridge may require root canal treatment due to the nerve tissue becoming infected or inflamed
- dental decay and/or gum disease: it is important to maintain good oral hygiene (i.e. brushing and flossing) to include the fixed prosthodontics and surrounding teeth and gums to avoid decay and gum disease
- bleeding is more common if you have been taking blood thinning drugs or some complementary/ alternative medicines, such as fish oil and turmeric. Please discuss any medications you are currently taking with your dental practitioner at your initial appointment. Uncommon risks and complications include:
- failure of the fixed prosthodontic: this can occur due to poor oral hygiene, poor diet and failure to attend dental appointments
- loss of temporary restoration during fixed prosthodontic treatment: return to your treating dental practitioner
- severe or persistent pain: return to your treating dental practitioner
- infection requiring antibiotics and further treatment: return to your treating dental practitioner.