Many people have expensive dental work including dental bridges. These bridges are usually used to replace teeth lost due to decay or injury. Bridges are usually attached to existing teeth and can create an attractive smile. Since bridges are attached to other teeth, there is always to possibility of breakage or slippage. Over-the-counter dental cement can provide a temporary fix for the loss of bridge attachment. This cement will keep the bridge in place until you can see your dentist for a permanent fix.
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Things you need
- Tooth brush
- Dental cement
- Paper towel
Call your dentist and make an emergency appointment to have your bridge reattached if it slips from your mouth. If you can't reach him, or it will be awhile before you can be seen, you can take steps to temporarily reattach the bridge yourself.
Brush your teeth gently using a soft toothbrush and water. Be sure to remove any adhesive residue. Your clean teeth and gums will provide a suitable surface for attaching the bridge.
Brush your bridge gently using a soft toothbrush and water. Be sure to remove any adhesive residue without damaging the bridge.
Dry the bridge with a paper towel or gauze.
Apply the over-the-counter dental adhesive according to the label directions. The directions often recommend brushing adhesive onto a clean dry surface, securing the crown or bridge in place and applying light pressure for at least one minute.
Be sure that you have lined up the bridge with your existing teeth to avoid gaps between the bridge and your teeth or gums. This secure fit will be more comfortable.
Do not eat or drink for at least one hour. Do not eat hard food until you are able to see your dentist.
Clean any excess adhesive from your teeth and gums according to the label directions. Be gentle to avoid detaching the bridge.
Tips and warnings
- If your mouth is sensitive do not brush. Wipe gently with gauze instead.
- Avoid getting the dental cement on your skin.
- Do not use super glue or any other household adhesive to reattach your bridge.
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