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At South Coast Family Dentistry located in Coos Bay, Oregon, Dr. Ryan R. Bailey and Dr. B. Keith Huff use a very powerful dental grade cement to secure a bridge in place. However, it is possible for a blow to the face, or the latent effects of chronic gum disease to weaken this cement. If your bridge feels loose for any reason, you need to contact our dentists to set up an appointment to have it examined.

In the meantime, we offer a few first aid considerations to keep in mind to minimize any complications that could result from a loose bridge. Even a small amount of manipulation from a loose bridge can cause damage to the abutment inside. You should never try cleaning or playing with the loosened bridge. If you have blood or debris in your mouth from an accident, you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. Otherwise all other attempts at cleaning should be left to our dentists’ tools and training.  

If pervasive bacteria at the gum line has caused a minor failure in the cement, Dr. Bailey or Dr. Huff might be able to cement it back in place. If an abutment has been damaged, however, it might require more invasive treatment. If any part of your bridge feels loose, for any reason, please call our South Coast Family Dentistry team in Coos Bay, Oregon at 541-269-5353 to schedule an appointment to have it examined.

Don’t forget, we offer free cleanings and are happy to offer extended hours on Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. We also offer Saturday hours to accommodate your schedule.