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Dr. Kevin Caldwell cemented your dental bridge in place with a very strong dental-grade adhesive. This is meant to bond the bridge to the two anchoring abutments for many years to come. Unfortunately, bacterial complications from untreated gum disease or a dental trauma from something like an accidental fall can potentially weaken this connection.

If any part of your bridge feels loose, you shouldn’t delay in seeking professional attention from Dr. Kevin Caldwell.

While you’re waiting for your appointment, it’s important to your resist the temptation to wiggle or play with the loose bridge. Even a small amount of movement has the potential to cause significant damage to one of the abutments.

If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse the area with saltwater. Otherwise, you should not attempt to brush, floss or clean any part of the bridge. This has the potential to cause significant damage and complications. All other required cleaning measures should be left to our highly trained dental professional staff.

With a little luck, the bridge might be able to be recemented back onto the healthy abutments. If one or both abutments have been damaged or the bridge itself has been affected, Dr. Kevin Caldwell might need to perform a root canal before installing a new bridge.

If you live in the Webb City, Missouri, area and you have a loose bridge, you should not delay in calling 417.673.1988 to seek timely treatment at Kevin L. Caldwell, DDS, PC.