How to Dissolve Dental Cement from Bridges

Updated June 01, 2017

A dental bridge, or pontic, is a cosmetic replacement secured by resin or cement for a lost or extracted tooth. This cement or resin is extremely firm, and removing it often requires a procedure called scaling. You can use a dental pick to remove cement from teeth. Solvents are generally not used as they can damage the resin of the bridge.

Brush and floss the teeth thoroughly to remove any debris and plaque, and be sure to rinse well.

Locate the teeth to which the cement is still bonded using the dental mirror. Observe the amount of cement present, and ensure there are no cavities near the area. If you do find a cavity, contact your dentist. Picking at the cavity could break off enamel around the cavity and cause further damage.

Scrape slowly at the cement with the dental pick. Start at the thickest area of cement using a back and forth motion, and slowly whittle the cement down until you reach the surface of the tooth's enamel.

Brush, floss and rinse once you have removed the cement. Contact your dentist to make arrangements for replacing the bridge. The dentist will be able to use a dental drill to manually remove cement from the bridge without breaking it.


Work slowly while applying medium pressure. Too much force risks scraping the actual tooth enamel when it is reached. Work in a well lit area. Rinse your mouth often rather than swallowing particles of cement.


Do not make adjustments to the bridge itself at home. Take it to your dentist. Wearing an ill fitting bridge could damage or move the anchoring teeth. Picking at the cement on the bridge yourself will risk cracking or breaking it.

Things You'll Need

  • Dental pick
  • Dental mirror
  • Toothbrush
  • Dental floss
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Shauna Cuff began writing music reviews for in 2001. She wrote technical guides for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and her poetry appeared in Harrisburg Area Community College's "Voices." Cuff currently writes articles that focus on health and parenting. She studied art and English at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.