Repairing big dental cases could be a headache. You could have to remake everything. However, repairing a Malo bridge is a lot easier. Today we will show you how easy we fix a Malo bridge (an All-on-5 implant bridge in this dental case).
1. Fixing a Malo bridge
As we mentioned last time, we fabricated a beautiful Malo bridge. Both the dentist and the patient loved the work very much. Unfortunately, one of the crowns broke after one month: the incisor of one upper canine crown chipped a bit.
After communications, our customer shipped back everything to us for free repair. Actually, the dentist could just take off the chipped crown, and take new physical impressions or take new digital scans. Please note a new bite was necessary under this circumstance, because the breakage could result from wrong bite.
2. Solution and suggestion
Once we received the case with a new bite, we cleaned the canine area. We fabricated a new crown in about 4 days. After we finished the crown, we found the excursive contacts between the upper and lower canines were still too much, no matter how much adjustments we had made. In order to keep a good smile line for the upper, we suggested that the dentist trim the lower canine clinically when he placed the bridge again, because the lower canine was too long.
Actually, we had already removed excursive contacts between the upper and lower canines for the first time (according to the first bite registration), but we did not know the real conditions while the bridge was in the patient’s mouth.
We suggest dentists should remove excursive contacts and make all necessary adjustments clinically, after crowns or bridges are inserted. Dentists should also call back patients at fixed periods, and make sure the fitting, contacts and occlusion are going well. This helps patients use their dental restorations for years.
Now we have fixed the dental case. It is as beautiful as the new one. Our customer also accepted our suggestions to remove the excursive contacts (to trim the lower canine to get more occlusal space). We believe this bridge can last for a long time.