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If your bridge feels loose, wiggles or gives you pain when you bite down or chew food, it is a serious cause for concern. While the cement holding your bridge in place is extraordinarily strong, there are times when bacteria from chronic gum disease, or an accidental blow to the face can affect the cement and weaken your bridge’s connection to one or both of the abutments.

In a situation like this, you should not delay in calling Staten Island Dental Arts Center at (718) 948 4393 to set up an appointment.

While you are waiting for Staten Island Dental Arts Center to see you, there are a few things you should keep in mind to help minimize potential complications with having a loose bridge.

It’s absolutely critical that you resist the temptation to wiggle, move or play with the loose bridge with your tongue. Every little bit of motion could chip or cause damage to the abutment within.

This also extends to brushing, flossing or any other attempts to clean the loose bridge. Should you have blood or debris in your mouth from an accident, you can lightly rinse the area with lukewarm salt water to clear it away. Otherwise you should wait for the experienced staff of dental professionals at Staten Island Dental Arts Center to perform any needed cleaning procedures.

You should also avoid eating food or chewing gum. If you absolutely must eat, try to stick to high calorie soft foods like yogurt or avoid chewing on that side of your mouth.

If any part of your bridge feels loose, you should call Staten Island Dental Arts Center as soon as possible at (718) 948 4393 to schedule an appointment.