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Nov
30

Your Bridge Just Fell Off: What Comes Next?

Posted in Dental Bridges

Great. You’re in the middle of a meal when something feels “off” in your mouth. You’ve excused yourself and stepped aside to the bathroom to find out what’s going on. With a gentle nudge of your finger, you notice that your dental bridge is rocking out of place. In fact, it’s completely lifting off of your teeth. You decide it’s best to not accidentally swallow it, so you’ve picked it up off your teeth and set it in a cup.

What Now?

Is it best to pop over to the grocery store to find some temporary cement and reattach your crown? You’re not sure, so the next thing to do is call your dentist. If the bridge is in an area that’s not visible when you smile — and you’re not in pain — your dentist will book you for an appointment at your next earliest convenience.

Bring Your Bridge with You

Your dentist will need to find out what made your bridge fall off. In most cases, it’s not because you were chewing on it too hard or flossing underneath it. Rather, it’s likely that the bond between your bridge and the tooth underneath it began to leak. This allowed new bacteria to seep in, causing erosion of the healthy tooth structure underneath. Either your bridge was getting pretty old and had already “put in its time” or you might not have been keeping it very clean with floss each day.

If your teeth are still healthy, your dentist may be able to clean out your bridge and re-cement it permanently to your teeth. Otherwise, the prosthesis might need to be replaced with something else.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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