Having a dental bridge, you may go for years without issue. Dental bridges feel and function like natural teeth, and with proper care, they should last for a long time. However, if you start to notice movement around this dental appliance while eating, drinking, or even talking, the dental bridge may have become loose.
Continue reading to learn about the signs of a loose dental bridge, what can cause this appliance to start shifting, and when it’s time to reach out to your dentist.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are custom-made dental appliances that replace missing teeth. These appliances can be used when the surrounding teeth are healthy. Basically, they are a false tooth that attach to crowns on either side. They are less invasive than dental implants, which involves screwing a titanium post into the jaw.
These bridges offer sturdy, long-lasting, and realistic replacements for missing teeth. They can be a confidence-booster and can also make it easier to eat. While these appliances are incredibly durable, they can become loose in some instances.
Signs of a Loose Dental Bridge
How can you tell if your dental bridge has become loose? There are several warning signs listed below. If you notice any, you should contact your dentist:
- Misaligned bite
- Gum erosion
First, if your dental bridge moves while eating or it “gives” slightly when you push on it with your finger, it has likely become dislodged. This may be an indication that one of the surrounding teeth has become loose, or that the crown is no longer securely attached.
Pain may mean that the bridge is rubbing against your gums or teeth. Over time, this friction could cause more inflammation and leave your teeth and gums susceptible to infection.
Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures can indicate issues relating to tooth decay or gum disease. Crowns will eventually shift off of teeth that have worn down due to decay.
A misaligned bite will feel awkward and make it difficult to chew food. If biting down suddenly feels different or your head and jaw have begun to hurt, the bridge may have shifted, leading to a bad bite.
Finally, receding or eroding gums can cause a dental bridge to loosen. You might experience gum pain or inflammation, or even notice that your teeth have started to shift.
Regardless of the symptom you’ve noticed, if you’re experiencing issues with a dental bridge, reach out to your dentist. Avoiding the issue can cause more pain and discomfort, as well as further complicating the dental procedure later on.
Crowns and Bridges at Columbia Smiles
Treatment for a loose dental bridge might involve placing a new appliance, or recementing the existing one. If the teeth on either side are damaged or decayed, fillings or root canals might be required. Implants can also replace missing teeth if dental bridges are no longer an option.
At Columbia Smiles, we offer top-quality dental crowns and bridges in our award-winning dental practice. Dr. Parisa Parizadeh and Dr. Michael Hsu have extensive experience in restoring smiles through the use of crowns and bridges. If you’re experiencing a loose bridge, our team can quickly restore your teeth to full functionality. Columbia Smiles has been trusted by residents of Howard County and beyond for more than 35 years.
Contact our team at Columbia Smiles today at 410.690.4855 or schedule an appointment online for a cleaning, exam, or dental bridge services.