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Your bridge was installed with the intention that it would restore your lost tooth for a long time to come. Complications from advanced gum disease can compromise the bridge’s stability and anchor points. It is also not unheard of for an accidental fall or blow to the face to affect or compromise the cement holding one or both ends of the bridge in place. A loose bridge is a serious issue that needs attention as soon as possible.

If your bridge begins to come loose, it will pose a serious threat to the abutment within, and it requires immediate attention by our dentists. In the interim, there are a few things to keep in mind while you are waiting to see one of our dentists.

You should never wiggle or play with the loose bridge with your tongue or finger. Even a small amount of movement has the potential to cause significant damage to the abutment.

If a blow to the face or hard fall 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 highly trained hands of Dental Associates of Manchester’s dentists.

If any part of your bridge is loose or giving you trouble you need to call Dental Associates of Manchester’s clinic in Manchester, Iowa at 563-927-4746 to have it examined and addressed.