What Should I Do if My Dental Bridge Comes Loose?
Dental bridges are designed to fill the empty spaces left behind by missing teeth. They often play an important role in helping patients regain a healthy bite and natural smile aesthetic after tooth loss. Dental bridges are typically composed of one or more artificial teeth, which are carefully designed and shade-matched to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. The artificial tooth (or teeth) is then anchored in place using either dental crowns—which are securely adhered to the healthy teeth surrounding the gap in your smile—or dental implants.
Fixed dental bridges are designed to remain securely in place. If you notice your bridge starting to move or come loose, you should not ignore the issue. Below, our Coronado dentist, Dr. Jason Keckley, has outlined some helpful tips for what to do if your bridge comes loose.
Assess The Situation
A dental bridge can come loose for a number of reasons, ranging from sudden dental trauma to underlying oral health concerns. If you have sustained an injury, it is important to seek emergency care to assess any potential damage to your teeth and facial structures. In cases where your bridge begins feeling loose without an immediately apparent cause, we suggest avoiding contact with the bridge and surrounding teeth until you can see a dentist.
Contact Your Dentist As Soon as Possible
If your dental bridge is coming loose, it is important to contact your dentist as soon as possible.The sooner you are able to see a dentist, the higher the likelihood that your bridge can be safely and easily repaired. Furthermore, if left untreated, a loose bridge can lead to a number of oral health concerns, including gum irritation, bad breath, bite problems, pain, damage to the surrounding teeth, and more.
Avoid “Do-It-Yourself” Solutions
While it may be tempting to try to reattach the loose bridge yourself, we recommend that you wait to see a dental professional. Many “at-home” solutions for a loose dental bridge can actually worsen the problem and damage the bridge, making it more difficult for your dentist to repair or reattach. Instead, try to minimize contact with the bridge and surrounding teeth until you can seek professional assistance.
Temporarily Adjust Your Oral Hygiene Habits & Diet
In order to avoid loosening the bridge further—or outright dislodging it—it can be helpful to temporarily adjust your habits until you are able to see a dentist. While brushing and flossing, take extra care around the bridge to avoid unnecessary jostling. Rinsing your mouth with a mild, non-abrasive mouthwash or water can help reduce the likelihood of infection. It is also best to try to chew away from the loose bridge, and to consume primarily soft foods until the problem can be addressed.
If you or a loved one have a dental bridge that is coming loose, please don’t hesitate to contact Coronado Classic Dentistry today. Our compassionate team is here to help restore your oral health and function as quickly and comfortably as possible.