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Your dentist, Dr. Mark Andrews, designed your dental bridge from durable materials before securing it onto the abutments with a strong dental adhesive. This makes it durable enough for biting, chewing and grinding most normal foods. However, there are instances when your bridge might be damaged by something abnormal. This could be something as traumatic as a blow to the face or something more mundane, like a bad habit of nibbling on pens and pencils.

Any damage to your bridge could result in significant complications, and it needs Dr. Mark Andrews’s attention. While you are waiting for your appointment, there are a few basic first-aid considerations to help you manage the damaged bridge.

You can gently rinse the area with saltwater if you have blood or debris in your mouth from an accident. Any other cleaning treatments should be left to Dr. Mark Andrews’s highly trained hands.

If you need to eat while you’re waiting for your appointment, try to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and only eat soft foods. The more you manipulate a damaged bridge, the more likely you are to further harm the bridge or one of the abutments.

If you have a damaged bridge in Kirkland, Washington, you should call 425-821-8100 to have it examined at Mark Andrews, D.D.S.