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When your bridge was installed at Lansdowne Dental Arts it was securely cemented over a pair of abutments formed from the surrounding teeth. Some extreme situations, like a blow to the face or a hard fall, can compromise the cement on one or both of the abutments.

Chronic gum disease problems can allow bacteria access to the seam where your bridge meets the abutments. These bacteria are pervasive and over time they can compromise the integrity of the cement or even cause small areas of decay to form at the base of one or both abutments.

You need to call us as soon as possible should any part of your bridge or the abutments become damaged in some way. If the problem isn’t resolved in a timely manner it could develop into something even more serious.

If you can’t immediately contact us, there are a few things you can keep in mind to help prevent potential complications.

You can gently rinse the area with salt water if you have blood or debris in your mouth. Any other attempts at cleaning the damaged bridge should be left to the trained dental professionals at Lansdowne Dental Arts.

If at all possible, you should avoid eating or at least, try to stick to soft foods, while being mindful not to chew on that side of your mouth. The more you manipulate a damaged bridge, the more likely you are to damage the bridge or one of the abutments.

If any part of your bridge is damaged or loose, you should call Lansdowne Dental Arts at 703-858-5990 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.