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Your dental bridge was carefully crafted from durable dental materials to rival the strength of natural tooth enamel. As strong as this dental work is, there are still some abnormal forces that can potentially chip or fracture a dental bridge.

This is more likely to occur if you are an athlete and frequently forgo the use of a protective mouth guard or have a bad habit of using your teeth as improvised tools.

Even if the damage to your dental bridge seems to be minor, you should still have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Patricia Conn before new complications arise. Once she has assessed the severity of the problem, she will recommend the necessary treatment options.

In the interim, you shouldn’t attempt to brush, floss, or clean the damaged area of dental bridge. This could potentially harm an internal abutment or cause other significant complications.

A gentle rinse with a little lukewarm saltwater can help clear away debris, but any overt manipulation of the dental bridge could cause a more significant fracture. Dr. Patricia Conn and her team will perform any other necessary cleaning measures.

In some of these cases, Dr. Patricia Conn might be able to replace the damaged dental bridge. If an oral trauma also damaged an abutment, she might need to perform root canal therapy to restore sufficient structure to anchor a new bridge in place.

If you are in Ferndale, Washington, and you are having problems with your dental bridge, you should call 360-384-5902 to have it treated.