A dental bridge is a common solution for a lost tooth or a group of lost teeth. With good dental habits and dental visits, a bridge can last up to 15 years. That said, it is likely at some point your bridge might need to be repaired or replaced. If you don’t go to the dentist or don’t take care of your teeth and dental bridge, it could fail. Dental decay is one of the most common reasons a dental bridge fails and eventually falls out. Not only will this leave a gap in your smile, but it can also exposed the abutment teeth. In this article we will discuss how to prevent a dental bridge from falling out and what to do if a dental bridge falls out or begins to feel loose. If you need a restorative dental team in the Greater Boston area, please give us a call. We would be happy to discuss dental services at our location in Revere Massachusetts.
In order to prevent a dental bridge from getting damaged or falling out we need to discuss why the bridge would fall out in the first place. There are three common causes for a dental bridge to fall out:
If a bridge fully falls out or breaks, this would be considered a dental emergency. The first thing you should do is find a local dentist that can help you address the emergency. You can bring the dental bridge with you to the dental office by putting it in a plastic container or a bag. Between calling the dentist and going to the dentist, you should avoid chewing, & hot or cold food/drinks. A bridge that falls out can expose the abutment tooth, so you should avoid putting anything in your mouth. If there is pain or swelling you can use an ice pack or a cold compress to alleviate that. Once you are at the dentist, they will be able to help you replace the bridge.
A dental bridge that feels loose is often a sign that there might be issues with the abutment teeth. As we mentioend above decay to the teeth that anchor the bridge could eventually lead the bridge to falling out and expose those teeth to further decay. You should make a dental appointment if your bridge feels loose. While it might not be an emergency dental appointment where you see the dentist that day, you should still try to get in within a week or two. Instead of waiting for your next normal checkup, you should address the concern as soon as possible.
If you live in Revere or Greater Boston and need dental services for yourself or another member of your family, please let us know, we would be happy to help with dental services at our location in Revere.
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