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Restoration dentistry often calls for replacing a missing tooth with a dental bridge. This is a special piece of dental work that is cemented onto the healthy core of the two adjacent teeth with a dental adhesive.

While this is meant to create a strong bond, there are still times when an oral trauma, an accident, or poor oral hygiene can weaken the connection between the bridge and the anchoring abutments. This could potentially cause the bridge to feel loose in your mouth.

In a situation like this, contact Dr. Timothy Dinkelman to have the bridge examined. In the interim, there are a few things to keep in mind to help minimize any further complications.

It’s best to avoid playing with the loose dental bridge. If you have blood or debris in your mouth from an oral trauma, you can rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. Any other cleaning procedures should be left to Dr. Dinkelman and the staff at his clinic in Lincoln, Nebraska.

If poor oral hygiene has caused 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, more advanced treatment might be called for. This could potentially include Dr. Dinkelman performing a root canal.

If you are in the Lincoln, Nebraska, area and you have a bridge that’s feels loose, or is otherwise distressed, you should call 402-477-1177 to schedule an appointment at Northridge Dental LLC.