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Dental bridge restorations are commonly cemented onto a pair of anchoring abutments with a very strong dental-grad 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 Dr. Nancy Urquiola to have the problem addressed at Urquiola Dental Center PC in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While waiting for your appointment there are a few things to keep in mind to help minimize any further complications.

First, it’s best to avoid playing with the bridge. 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 Dr. Nancy Urquiola and her highly-trained staff.    

If bacterial complications from periodontal disease have 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 Ann Arbor, Michigan clinic and you have a bridge that feels loose or is otherwise distressed, please call 734-973-7450 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nancy Urquiola. We look forward to working with you!