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Your bridge is a single piece of dental work designed to replace a lost tooth. It is cemented onto two abutments formed from the two closest teeth. While it is designed to be as functional and durable as your natural teeth, there are some circumstances that can compromise its secure hold on the abutments.

An accidental hard fall or blow to the face can sometimes compromise the cement that secures one or both abutments bridge. Chronic issues with gum disease can also pose a serious threat. The bacteria in your mouth are pervasive.

Over time gum disease can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth. This could give the bacteria in your mouth access to the seam where your bridge meets the abutments. As time passes they can compromise and weaken the cement that anchors one of both ends of your bridge.

If you notice any part of your bridge feels loose, you should avoid wiggling, cleaning or playing with it. Even a small amount of motion could cause damage and complications to the abutment. If you have blood or debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. Otherwise you should wait for Dr. Kimberly Simonds to perform any professional cleaning procedures required.

If it is simply a matter of bacteria weakening the cement on one or both abutments, Dr. Kimberly Simonds might be able to simply clean the area and secure the bridge back in place with fresh cement. If one or both of the abutments have been damaged, it might require a root canal.

If your bridge feels loose, you should not delay in calling Dr. Kimberly Simonds at 636.552.9647 to schedule an appointment.