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Your bridge was securely cemented into place by Dr. Randall L. Farmer & Isabelle M. Farmer with the intention that it would serve you for many years to come. However, there are a few rare instances when one or both abutments, or the bridge itself, can be damaged.

A significant blow to the face or a hard fall can compromise one or both abutments or the cement holding them to the bridge. At the same time problems with chronic periodontal disease can give bacteria access to the seam where your bridge meets the abutments. In time the bacteria could start to weaken the cement holding one or both ends of the bridge in place.

You should call Dr. Randall L. Farmer & Isabelle M. Farmer as soon as possible if any part of your bridge or abutments is damaged in any way. If the problem isn’t resolved in a timely manner it could develop into something even more serious.

While you are waiting to see Dr. Randall L. Farmer & Isabelle M. Farmer there are a few things to keep in mind to help manage the situation. You can gently rinse the area with salt water if you have blood or debris in your mouth. Any other attempts at cleaning the damaged bridge should be left to Dr. Randall L. Farmer & Isabelle M. Farmer. Try to avoid eating. If you need to eat something, try to stick to soft foods, and make a point not to chew on that side of your mouth. The more you manipulate a damaged bridge, the more likely you are to damage the bridge or one of the abutments.

If any part of your bridge is damaged or loose, you need to call Houston smiledocs as soon as possible at 713.784.6855 to schedule an appointment.