Although dental bridges are built to last a long time, a problem may still develop. If a bridge happens to chip, break, or come off, you should see your dentist without delay. At this appointment, many factors will be considered to determine how to treat the problem. If the bridge is slightly chipped, a minor repair is typically possible. If the damage is substantial, the bridge may need to be remade.
What if your bridge came off and you are unable to immediately visit your dentist?
As a temporary solution, you can visit your local pharmacy and purchase dental cement. Clean the inside of the bridge and follow the directions printed on the product. In some products, the cement needs to be mixed, while other cements are activated upon opening. I would like to emphasize that you should dry the teeth as much as possible before using the store-bought dental cement. The longevity of the dental glue drastically increases if the area is dry. You should try to clean up any excess cement around the teeth after the cement hardens. Even if you do re-cement the bridge yourself, you still should contact your dentist quickly to schedule an evaluation.
Why I wrote these articles on dental bridges:
In my office, bridges are an extremely common procedure to replace missing teeth. Do you remember when you were 15 years old and could not imagine losing a tooth? As we age, losing a tooth may unfortunately become a reality. Whenever a new patient comes to my office missing a tooth or several teeth, I explain the benefits of replacing them as soon as possible. The internet unfortunately offers insufficient information about this subject, and people delay seeing the dentist as a result. So, I decided to write these articles and provide extensive information about the advantages, disadvantages, types, costs, and indications of dental bridges and implants to replace missing teeth. I hope you enjoy the articles. If you have any further questions about bridges or implants or you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please feel free to contact us.