When your bridge was installed by Dr. Kenneth Pollary 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 also 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 should never wiggle or play with a loose bridge. If at all possible, it’s a good idea to avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth. Any manipulation of the bridge could actually cause significant damage to the abutments, leading to further complications.
If you have blood or debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. Any other attempts at cleaning should be left to Dr. Kenneth Pollary.
If bacteria at the gum line has caused a minor failure in the cement or compromised its attachment to one of the abutments, Dr. Kenneth Pollary might be able to cement it back in place. If one or both of the abutments have been damaged, it might require a root canal.
If one or both ends of your bridge feels loose, or even wiggles abnormally, you should not delay in calling Pollary Family Dentistry at 719-591-0750 to schedule an appointment.