Do you have a dental bridge? If so, you know that they are a good-looking and reliable way to replace missing teeth. However, nothing lasts forever, and dental bridges may come loose or even fall out due to decay or injury. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to know what steps to take to address the issue before it gets worse.
Continue reading to find the process for taking care of this problem broken down into six easy steps.
Step 1: Breathe and be Calm
The worst thing you can do in a moment of crisis is to panic. This will elevate your heart rate and start to shut down non-essential functions in your nervous system. This, unfortunately, means you physically cannot think as well while adrenaline begins to take over.
Take deep breaths and remain calm so you can think clearly and take action.
Step 2: Retrieve Your Bridge
If your bridge fell out of your mouth, the next thing you must do is locate it. If it’s dark, or you’re in a public place, be aware of your surroundings to prevent injury, or someone accidentally stepping on your prosthetic.
Step 3: Clean and Examine the Bridge
Your bridge may have collected dirt and other debris from the ground if it fell out, so be sure to rinse it off with tap water and use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of paste to clean it. Don’t use soap or disinfectant on the bridge!
Once the bridge is clean, check it over for damage. If it’s cracked or broken, you’ll want to skip Step 5. If damaged, place the bridge in a small Tupperware container or Ziploc bag for safekeeping.
Step 4: Examine Your Teeth and Gums
Once the bridge is secure, check your teeth and gums. If they seem to be healthy and undamaged, it’s a good sign. To help ward off any tooth pain or infection, add a teaspoon of salt to a glass of lukewarm water and swish it in your mouth for a minute.
Step 5: Temporary Repair
If your teeth, gums, and bridge are undamaged, you can attempt to reinstall the bridge yourself temporarily. Use denture adhesive or a small amount of toothpaste to “cement” the bridge back into place. Apply gentle pressure as your teeth may be sensitive.
Never attempt to reinsert a damaged prosthetic or place a bridge over unstable teeth or bleeding gums. Let your dentist handle that.
Step 6: Schedule an Emergency Appointment at Your Dentist
Once you’re past the self-assessment, you should call your dentist and get an appointment scheduled. Many practices have same-day openings for dental emergencies, so you shouldn’t have to wait to get relief.
If you have to wait, be sure to be gentle when you brush your teeth and stay away from the area where your bridge came out. Continue rinsing with salty water before bed and elevate your head to avoid tooth pain to help you sleep.
Dental bridges can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. If your dental bridge falls out, don’t panic. Follow these steps and consult your dentist to ensure quick and effective treatment. By taking these steps, you can save both your bridge and your smile, preserving them for years to come.
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