A dental bridge should fit comfortably but firmly in your mouth. It’s a fixed, long lasting restoration replacing one or more missing teeth. They look and function like natural teeth, and are created for a custom fit by your dentist. Some may be permanently attached through the use of an implant to anchor them.
A bridge is composed of two crowns and a replacement tooth or teeth. The crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the space, with the fabricated tooth or teeth attached between them.
Can a Dental Bridge Become Loose?
Sometimes, a dental bridge can become loose, whether due to wear and tear, damage to adjoining abutment teeth, or periodontal issues. Whatever the cause, the more quickly you detect and repair a loose dental bridge, the better, as a small repair can prevent a more expensive one.
In short, a dental bridge should fit securely in your mouth.
How Do You Know a Dental Bridge Has Loosened?
A dental bridge may feel as if it can be moved in your mouth. While it may not be painful, it might also cause some pain when chewing, or periodontal issues could arise, including sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages.
The dental bridge is definitely loose if:
- You can move the bridge with your tongue or a finger
- It moves when you chew
- Pain or discomfort when chewing – If you experience pain or discomfort while chewing, or an inability to chew with the bridge could also indicate that you have a loose dental bridge in need of repair
- Increasing tooth and gum pain or sensitivity – a loose dental bridge could also cause pain to be felt in the gums or teeth, particularly if the looseness is caused by an issue with the abutment teeth or due to periodontal disease
- The bridge is loose enough to touch or rub against the gums or other teeth
- An uncomfortable feeling in the mouth – this can mean discomfort is felt from wearing the bridge, or it could mean that you’re experiencing a sense of awkwardness with speaking or chewing.
- The dental bridge has dislodged from its correct position – this may manifest itself by that awkward or uncomfortable feeling in your mouth as well
- Periodontal disease – periodontal concerns such as gingivitis or periodontitis can loosen the bridge
- Deep gum pockets
- Gum erosion
Alert Your Dentist to Any Sign of a Loose Dental Bridge
It’s important to alert your dentist to any discomfort, pain, awkwardness, or loose-to-the-touch sensation with a dental bridge. The bridge should fit comfortably and tightly, just like your natural teeth do in your mouth. A dental bridge should last 15 years or more with proper care.
Letting your dentist know about any issues as soon as possible will prevent more extensive damage to the bridge – and to your oral health!
Ready to Learn More about Dental Bridges and Bridge Repairs?
If you’re ready for more information about dental bridges, or if you have a loose dental bridge in need of repair, reach out to us at Glassman Dental Care today. Our dental team is ready and waiting to offer dental bridge treatment and repair.