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Bridge restorations are typically secured in the mouth with a strong dental-grade cement. This is meant to hold them firm through the course of the daily rigors of chewing and grinding food. Yet there are times when a blow to the face, an oral emergency, or a bacterial complication from gum disease can potentially weaken this strong bond.

Should this happen to one or both ends of your bridge, you are at increased risk of suffering significant complications. In a situation like this, you should not delay in calling 425-821-8100 to have the loose bridge examined by one of the dentists at Mark Andrews, D.D.S.’s Kirkland, Washington, clinic.

In the interim, there are a few factors to keep in mind to reduce your chances of suffering undue complications.

It’s best not to wiggle or play with the loose bridge. Even a small amount of movement could potentially cause significant damage to one of the abutments. Should this happen, we might need to perform a root canal before a new bridge can be secured in place.

If a blow to the face or other form of oral trauma has left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse the area with salt water. Otherwise, you should not attempt to brush, floss, or clean any part of the bridge or an exposed abutment. This has the potential to cause significant damage and complications. Any required cleaning measures should be left to the professional tools and techniques used by our dentists.

If your bridge feels loose, you should not delay in calling 425-821-8100 to have it examined by one of the dentists at Mark Andrews, D.D.S.’s Kirkland, Washington, clinic.