No Bridge Too Far: What to do When Your Dental Bridge Falls Out

December 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_dawoud @ 9:52 pm
A woman holding her cheek because her dental bridge fell out

A dental bridge is a great way to restore a gap in your smile. However, accidents happen, and you might find yourself dealing with a loose or fallen dental bridge. If you want to restore your smile, you must act quickly.

If you want to learn the steps to take if your dental bridge comes loose, continue reading. You’ll learn what immediate actions you can take to help ensure your bridge is reattached successfully.

1. Stay Calm and Assess the Situation

The first step is to stay calm and assess the situation. A loose dental bridge can be unsettling, but if you remain composed, you can think through your plan. Remember, panicking will only make your decision-making worse, so try to relax.

2. Find the Bridge and Store It

Carefully retrieve your dental bridge, whether it’s fallen on the ground or come loose in your mouth. Handle it by the crowns (the visible tooth-looking parts), avoiding contact with the adhesive or any metal attachments. If the bridge is dirty, wash it off with some cold water and store it in a small container or plastic bag.

3. Call Your Dentist and Clean Your Mouth

Once your bridge is secure, you should rinse your mouth with some warm salty water. This will help reduce bacteria in your mouth and rinse away any lingering food particles. Then, if you haven’t done so already, call your dentist and schedule an appointment.

4. Try to Put the Bridge Back In

If the bridge is intact and clean, you can try to put it back into place. Apply a little dental adhesive and push it back into place. Use a mirror to guide you, and ensure it fits comfortably without force. Do not use excessive pressure. If the bridge is damaged or doesn’t fit correctly, stop and wait until your appointment.

While dental adhesive can provide a temporary solution, avoid trying extensive DIY fixes. Leave the comprehensive repair to your dentist to ensure the long-term stability of your dental bridge.

When handling your prosthetic, be careful not to drop it or get it dirty. Once you get to your dentist’s office, they’ll be able to assess if they can put it back onto your teeth or if you’ll need a new one. By following these steps you can ensure the best possible outcome for your fallen dental bridge.

About the Practice

At D&G Dental of West Orange you’ll find a fantastic and friendly group of dental professionals with a passion for helping patients. They strive to make your treatment as efficient, affordable and painless as possible using ultramodern dental technology and techniques. If you need a dental bridge replaced, you’ll find a dentist with the ability to get it done. Call (973) 731-2200 to schedule an appointment or visit the website to discover other services.

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