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Space where bridge meets gum

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Posted by: DJJazz  (8 years ago)

My upper right first molar was removed due to severe decay and infection. I got a bridge to replace it. Recently, I noticed a space between the gum where the molar was removed and the bridge. I can fill it with my tongue.

I was wondering if this is normal for a newly placed bridge and the gum will eventually fill the space or if it is a sign of a badly placed bridge. I got the bridge placed in three weeks ago. Please advise me! Many thanks!
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Posted by: Novocaine  (8 years ago)
Hey DJJAzz,

Yes, it is pretty common to have a tiny bit of space between your new bridge and your gums. An acceptable space is around 1-3 mm and it has been most likely left alone so that your gums heal and fill the spot. I would give it a couple of months and see how your gums respond. Your dentist should have already advised you of this and certainly could have avoided the confusion you are having now.

Now, if things haven't changed after a couple of months, a good option would be to have your dentist fabricate an acrylic plate that will fill the space. It will involve appointments where you will have impressions taken and all that.

For now, you just got to sit this one out. Good luck!!