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Dr. Jeff DeMercy and Amanda Kossick installed your bridge by cementing it securely onto two abutments. In most cases, a bridge will stay secured for many years. However, there are rare occasions when a blow to the face or a hard fall can compromise the integrity of the cement. It’s also possible that pervasive bacteria from gum disease could gradually work into the seam between where the bridge meets the abutment near the gum line.

If any part of your bridge feels loose, has an unnatural wiggle, or gives you pain when chewing you should not ignore it. It’s best to contact Dr. Jeff DeMercy and Amanda Kossick at your earliest convenience, so they can assess the situation.

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. All cleaning procedures should be left to Dr. Jeff DeMercy and Amanda Kossick’s highly trained hands.

If pervasive bacteria at the gum line has caused a minor failure in the cement they might be able to cement it back in place. If an abutment has been damaged it might require more invasive treatment.

If your bridge feels loose, wiggles or gives you pain when chewing, you should not hesitate to call Dr. Jeff DeMercy and Amanda Kossick’s office in Roswell, Georgia at 770.641.8010 to schedule an immediate appointment.