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When Dr. John P. Blake restored your missing or lost tooth with a bridge it was intended to stand the test of time. Unfortunately, there are times when the pervasive bacteria of advanced gum disease, or a blow to the face, can damage a part of your bridge or even break one of the abutments that anchor it in your mouth.

You need to call Dr. John P. Blake immediately if any part of your bridge if damaged or broke. If the problem isn’t resolved in a timely manner it could develop into something even more serious.

If you can’t immediately reach Dr. John P. Blake there are a few basic first aid considerations to help you manage the problem.

You can gently rinse the area with salt water if you have blood or debris in your mouth from an accident. Any other attempts at cleaning the damaged bridge should be left to the skilled hands of Dr. John P. Blake.

If at all possible, you should try to avoid eating. If you need to eat something, try to stick to soft foods, and don’t 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 you have a loose, damaged or broken bridge you need to call Dr. John P. Blake as soon as possible at 248.693.5800 to schedule an emergency appointment.