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Your dentist, Dr. Cameron Clark, designed your new dental bridge from durable materials that are not susceptible to the bacterial effects of tooth decay. At the same time, gum disease can still pose a serious threat to the long-term integrity of your dental bridge in Kalispell, Montana. When plaque and residual food particles are not effectively cleaned away from your teeth and gumline, they can harden into tartar. This bacterial-rich substance can cause significant inflammation and infection in sensitive gum tissues.

If the bacteria manage to infiltrate the seam between one or both of the abutments and the bridge, they can weaken the dental adhesive holding it in place. Should this happen, you need to seek timely treatment at Northwest Center for Dentistry. In the interim, there are a few things to keep in mind to minimize the complications.

Even a small amount of wiggle and play to a loose bridge can cause damage to the abutment inside. You should never try cleaning or playing with the loosened bridge. If you have blood or debris in your mouth from an accident, you can rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. Otherwise, all other attempts at cleaning should be left to Dr. Cameron Clark’s tools and training.

If pervasive bacteria at the gumline has caused a minor failure in the cement, your dentist might be able to cement it back in place. If an abutment has been damaged, it might require more invasive treatment.

If any part of your bridge feels loose for any reason, you should call Northwest Center for Dentistry at (406) 752-4530 to schedule an appointment to have it examined.