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Your dentist, Dr. James S. Parham, typically uses a very strong dental adhesive to cement a dental bridge onto the two abutments that are formed from the neighboring teeth surrounding the void of a missing tooth. This creates a powerful bond that allows the bridge to serve you for many years.

Unfortunately, there are rare occasions when complications from chronic periodontal disease or a hard blow to the face can weaken this connection. If any part of your bridge feels loose or is damaged, you need to seek timely treatment at J. PARHAM DENTISTRY. The more you delay, the more likely you are to experience potentially long-term complications.

While you’re waiting for your appointment with Dr. James S. Parham, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, you need to refrain from wiggling or playing with the loose bridge. Even a little bit of manipulation has the potential to damage one of the abutments within.

If a blow to the face has left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. Beyond that, you should not try to brush, floss or otherwise clean the bridge in any way. Dr. James S. Parham will perform any other needed cleaning procedures.

If both of the anchoring abutments are fully intact, Dr. James S. Parham might be able to cement the bridge back in place or perhaps fit you for a new bridge. If either of the abutments has suffered internal damage, Dr. James S. Parham might need to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to secure a new bridge.

If you have a loose dental bridge in Springdale, Arkansas, you should not delay in calling 479-756-8631 to have it examined and treated at our clinic.