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Bridge restorations are commonly cemented onto a pair of anchoring abutments with a very strong dental-grade adhesive. This creates a bond strong enough to allow the bridge to fully replace the presence and function of the previously lost tooth.

Yet there are rare instances when an oral trauma, accident, or complications from untreated gum disease can affect this connection. This could potentially cause the bridge to feel loose on one or both of the abutments that anchor it in your mouth.

In a situation like this, you should not delay in contacting your dentist to have the problem addressed at Szmanda Dental Marathon in Marathon, Wisconsin. While waiting for your appointment, there are a few things to keep in mind to help minimize any further complications.

If you have blood or debris in your mouth from a dental trauma, you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. Any other cleaning procedures should be left to your doctor and highly-trained staff.    

If bacterial complications from periodontal disease has caused a minor failure in the dental adhesive, we might be able to cement it back in place. If an abutment has been damaged in any way or it has suffered a fracture at the gum line, more advanced treatment might be called for. This could potentially include performing a root canal.

If you live in the Marathon, Wisconsin area and you have a bridge that feels loose or is otherwise distressed, we invite you to call Szmanda Dental Marathon at 715-443-2247 to schedule an appointment. Our dentists, Drs. Jim Sobolewski and Oliver Keefer, are happy to help you with all of your oral health needs!