A loose dental bridge can occur for many reasons, including excessive wear and tear, damage to the abutment teeth and periodontal concerns. The sooner that you can detect a loose or damaged dental bridge, the better chance you have to make an inexpensive repair and save the dental bridge from becoming lost.
How to know if your dental bridge is loose
A dental bridge may be loose if it can be moved, if there is pain while chewing with the affected area, if there are periodontal issues that do not go away or if the gums and adjacent teeth are painful or have increased sensitivity to hot and cold sensations.
Can move the dental bridge with a finger or the tongue
The most notable sign of a loose dental bridge is the ability to move it with the tongue or a finger. A dental bridge should be securely fixed into the mouth just the same as a natural tooth. If there is a loose tooth, then it is important to notify the dentist and schedule a visit for a check-up and repair as soon as possible, to prevent the dental bridge from becoming even looser and potentially falling out.
Pain while chewing or an inability to chew food
If the person cannot feel the dental bridge move, that it does not necessarily mean that it is not loose or damaged. Another sign of a loose dental bridge is pain while chewing. An inability to chew in the area of the dental bridge also indicates a potentially loose dental bridge that needs repair.
Increased tooth and gum pain and sensitivity
A loose dental bridge is often accompanied by tooth and gum pain and sensitivity, especially if the loose bridge is caused by periodontal disease or issues with the abutment teeth. A loose tooth may also constantly touch the gums and surrounding teeth, which contributes to any pain and sensitivity.
An awkward feeling in the mouth that does not go away
A loose dental bridge often feels awkward to the patient. This can affect their ability to eat and speak. It may also simply feel uncomfortable or as if the dental bridge is dislodged from its appropriate position. If this is the case, then the dentist most likely needs to make a repair to the dental bridge.
Signs of periodontal disease, deep pockets or gum erosion
Periodontal concerns are a common cause of a loose dental bridge. If gingivitis or periodontitis develops, then the dental bridge is likely to become loose. Deep gum pockets and gum erosion can also affect the condition of the dental bridge.
Learn more about dental bridge treatment and repairs
If you have a loose dental bridge or would like to learn more about dental bridge treatment in general, call our team to arrange a convenient time to visit. Our team offers dental bridge treatment to deal with issues of missing teeth and can make repairs to loose or damaged dental bridges.
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