What To Do When My Dental Bridge Fell Out?

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This article will guide you on what to do when your dental bridge falls out. It will cover the reasons for the falling of dental bridges, how to handle a temporary fix, and when to seek professional dental care. With these tips, you can prevent further damage and get back to a healthy smile.

Dental Bridge is a fixed treatment but sometimes the bridge may fell out because of various reasons like tooth decay underneath your bridge or improper bite.

When your dental bridge fell out, try to keep your bridge safe before you can visit your dentist. You should also try to avoid chewing on the affected side to prevent fracture of teeth. 

Your dentist will check the integrity of your bridge as well as check if the remaining tooth structure is sound enough to support the restoration or not.

If possible, your dentist will cement the bridge back in place but if the remaining teeth are not able to support the bridges, then your dentist will recommend the tooth extraction for retreating the area with a new type of restoration as in below case.

Now, we will discuss a very important question that is asked by many patients:

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how to fix a loose dental bridge at home?

Though, it is not possible to permanently fix the loose dental bridge at home but there are some tricks that can help you gain time with bridge unless you can visit to your dentist

The technique is that you can use denture adhesive as a glue just to temporarily place the bridge at place. Also you can use petroleum jelly as well.

Main advantage with these materials is that it does not interfere with the recementation process for the dentist. It is also a good alternative to provide stability to your bridge in this covid time when it is quite impossible to get an instant appointment by your dentist.

You have to be very cautious while wearing a loose bridge as it is possible that it can dislodge from its position and can obstruct your airway.  It is only a temporary solution and you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.


  • All the food debris and plaque should be cleaned over your tooth and bridge also by using brush or tooth pick. If there is any debris inside the bridge it will hamper the proper sitting it on your teeth
  • Then, try to seat it on your teeth and close your mouth slowly to check if it is seated properly. It should have proper bite as before losing the bridge. If you feel any bite problem that means there is some debris either on the bridge or the teeth part.
  • When the trial is complete, slightly moisten the bridge and sprinkle the denture adhesive (if in powder form) or apply it with a tube (if in paste form). Material should be in enough amount that it will not obstruct bridge seating and some excess material also squeeze out from the margins.

Now, the filled bridge is slowly placed on the teeth and slowly bite. Then, the excess material will be squeezed out and wiped at the margins with the finger.

Check if your bite is proper. If you feel discomfort in biting then take it back off and restart the whole procedure

Although you have placed the crown, keep it always in mind that it is only a temporary solution and you should visit your dentist and let him know that your bridge has fallen and you need an appointment as soon as possible.+*

Who is the Writer?

Dr. Kirti Parashar is a licensed prosthodontist with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and a Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge from Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, India. She is a consultant prosthodontist and passionate about using the latest dental technologies and techniques to provide her patients with the best possible care.