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A dental bridge is typically cemented onto the anchoring abutments using a very strong dental-grade adhesive. This creates a very strong bond that is intended to stand the test of time and the rigors of chewing food. If the bacteria in your mouth manage to infiltrate the seam between one of the abutments and the bridge, it can weaken the dental adhesive holding it in place.

In a situation like this, you need to seek timely professional attention at DM Family Dentistry. While waiting for your appointment, there are a few things you can do to minimize further complications.

Even a small amount of manipulation to a loose bridge can cause damage to the abutments inside. You should never try cleaning or playing with the loosened bridge. If you have blood or debris in your mouth from an accident, you can rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. Any other necessary cleaning should be left to Dr. Doris Madrigal’s highly trained and experienced staff.

If chronic gum disease has allowed bacteria access to the base of the abutments, it could loosen the bridge. This can sometimes cause pain, heightened sensitivity and general discomfort when chewing food.

If you live in the Chicago, Illinois, area and you have a loose-feeling bridge, you should call 773.252.5757 to seek professional attention at DM Family Dentistry.