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Dental Bridge Dislodged? Here’s What to Do

February 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drayer @ 2:26 pm
Man surprised after his dental bridge falls out

So, you’re at a family dinner and accidentally bite into a chicken bone harder than you meant to. Pop! Your dental bridge dislodges! What are you supposed to do now? Don’t panic! Unexpected mishaps like this happen all the time, and if your dental bridge falls out, it can be fixed. Knowing what to do in the moment can help prevent anxiety and ensure the best outcome.

If you want to know what to do if your dental bridge falls out, continue reading.

Step 1: Assess The Situation

The first step is to remain calm and assess the situation. If your dental bridge has fallen out, carefully remove it from your mouth and examine it for any damage. Inspect both the bridge and your natural teeth for signs of broken enamel or decay. If there are any visible issues or if you experience pain, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Step 2: Clean and Store the Bridge

Handle the dislodged dental bridge with care to avoid causing any more damage. Rinse it gently with lukewarm water to remove any debris or food particles. Avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners. If you must, you can gently brush it with your toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste. Place the bridge in a clean container or wrap it in moist gauze to keep it safe until you can see your dentist. 

Note: Avoid DIY Fixes

While it may be tempting to try to reattach the bridge yourself, resist the urge to do so. DIY fixes can lead to improper alignment, further damage, or infection. Your dentist has the ability and tools necessary to properly assess the situation and provide the correct treatment.

Step 3: See Your Dentist

During your appointment, your dentist will assess the condition of your dental bridge and recommend the best course of action. This may involve re-cementing the bridge, making adjustments, or creating a new bridge if necessary. Whatever the choice, your bridge issues should be solved after your visit!

Prevention Possibilities

To minimize the risk of future bridge issues, be sure to brush twice per day and floss to avoid decay. Also, be mindful of what—and how—you eat. Avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods that can put force or pressure on the bridge and cause it to pop out.

Experiencing a dental bridge dislodgement can be unsettling, but knowing how to handle the situation can help you stay calm. By following the steps and strategies above and scheduling an appointment with your dentist, you can fix the issue and restore your smile.

About the Author

If you’re looking for a dental expert with decades of experience to handle your dental bridge, Dr. Dennis C. Ayer can help! He founded his practice to offer comprehensive care with advanced dental technology and compassion. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and now has over 3,500 hours of continuing education. Call (913) 246-3000 to schedule a dental bridge consultation at Dennis C. Ayer, DDS, LLC, or visit the website to browse their full menu of services.

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